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Suspect in killing of 2 officers in Kansas shot dead

A law enforcement officer took photos of evidence gathered outside a Topeka, Kan., home where a man suspected of fatally shooting two officers was shot dead by police.

Orlin Wagner/Associated Press

A law enforcement officer took photos of evidence gathered outside a Topeka, Kan., home where a man suspected of fatally shooting two officers was shot dead by police.

TOPEKA, Kan. — A man with a history of theft and weapons convictions gunned down two police officers investigating possible drug activity in a Kansas grocery parking lot and was later killed after an armed standoff, authorities said Monday.

Kyle Smith of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation identified David Tiscareno, 22, of Topeka as the man who opened fire on Topeka police Corporal David Gogian, 50, and Officer Jeff Atherly, 29, Sunday night.

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Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones said Tiscareno was seated behind the driver’s seat of a car stopped in the parking lot of a Topeka grocery store when police ordered the occupants to get out.

After shooting two of the three responding officers, Tiscareno got back into the car and drove from the scene. The third officer returned fire, Jones said.

There were many witnesses to the shooting, Jones said.

Authorities, acting on a tip, found Tiscareno early Monday holed up at a house about a mile away. After negotiations broke down and tear gas was fired inside, Tiscareno came out with a gun and officers opened fire, according to the sheriff’s office.

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