Topeka police: Officers fatally shoot man who had gun

Topeka police officers fatally shot a man on Saturday who refused their repeated demands to drop the handgun he was pointing at others, city officials said.

The 19-year-old man, who isn’t being identified until relatives are notified, was involved in other violent encounters hours before he was killed at 11:35 a.m. Saturday, authorities said.

Topeka spokeswoman Suzie Gilbert said in a statement that officers were called at 9 a.m. to a domestic disturbance where a man reportedly had attacked a woman. A family member who tried to intervene saw the man flee the home with a knife and gun, Gilbert said.

Just over two hours later, police responded to an attempted carjacking and found a woman who had been cut on her face with a knife.

At 11:30 a.m., officers found the man armed with a pistol and pointing it at bystanders and police already at the scene.

“Officers repeatedly asked the suspect to drop the weapon,” Gilbert said in the statement. “The suspect refused these orders, and was then shot by officers on the scene. The suspect was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting because it involved Topeka police officers.

The four officers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, Gilbert said.