TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have identified the gunman who killed two Topeka police officers as a 22-year-old man who records show had a criminal record. During a news conference Monday, authorities said the shooter was David Tiscareno. Officers later shot him. Online court records show Tiscareno was convicted previously of theft of less than $1,000 and a weapons violation. He was sentenced to probation both times. Authorities said officers were investigating a report of a possible drug deal in a grocery store parking lot Sunday night when Tiscareno opened fire, killing two officers. Tiscareno fled. He was killed early Monday after authorities fired tear gas inside the home where he was holed up. The Shawnee County sheriff's office says officers opened fire when the man emerged from the home with a gun.
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected in the fatal shooting of two Topeka police officers has died after an armed standoff with law enforcement at a house in the city. The man is suspected of killing 50-year-old Corporal David Gogian and 29-year-old Jeff Atherly as they responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle Sunday night. Shawnee County officials say in a statement that Kansas Bureau of Investigation officers tried to negotiate with the suspect before firing tear gas into the home. The statement says he emerged from the home carrying a gun and officers shot him. He was taken to a hospital where he died of his injuries early Monday. It wasn't clear if the suspect fired his gun.
**updated 10:05 am, 12-17-2012
Law enforcement say a standoff ended this morning with shots fired and an injured suspect taken into custody. The suspect has now died of the wounds. Officials have not yet confirmed if the dead suspect is David Edward Tiscareno.
**updated 9:12 a.m., 12-17-2012
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say two Kansas police officers shot outside a grocery store have died at a hospital. Police say the 22-year-old male suspect in Sunday evening's shooting in Topeka remains at large and is believed to still be armed. The officers were shot when they responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle near the store. The officers have been identified as 50-year-old Corporal David Gogian and 29-year-old Officer Jeff Atherly. A small crowd gathered for a candlelight vigil outside police headquarters as reporters nearby were given the news of the officers' deaths. Gogian had been with the department since September 2004 and Atherly since April 2011. Authorities found the reported vehicle outside a house 10 blocks from the store. Officers searched the house but didn't find the suspect, identified as 22-year-old David Edward Tiscareno. Police are urging people with any information about Tiscareno or his whereabouts to call Crimestoppers with any tips at 785-234-0007. A photo of the suspect can be viewed here. Tiscareno is considered armed and dangerous.
**updated 10:28 p.m., 12-16-2012
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say two Topeka police officers have died of their injuries after being shot outside a grocery store Sunday evening. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the officers were responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle. Police spokeswoman Kristen Veverka told the newspaper that the officers "suffered life-threatening gunshot wounds" and were taken to a hospital. The officers' names were not immediately released. Police Lieutenant Ron Gish says the officers arrived at the scene outside the grocery store at 1400 SW Huntoon in central Topeka in two separate vehicles. The officers exchanged gunfire with a man in a 1999 silver Toyota Camry. Police continue to search for the man, identified as David Edward Tiscareno. He is described as a Native American male, 22 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 217 lbs. He has black hair and brown eyes. People with information are being encouraged to contact the Topeka Police Department or the Shawnee County Sheriff's Department.
**updated at 10:14 pm, 12-16-2012
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say two Topeka police officers have been shot outside a grocery store and that their injuries appear life-threatening. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the officers were responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle Sunday evening. Police spokeswoman Kristen Veverka tells the newspaper that the officers "suffered life-threatening gunshot wounds" and were taken to a hospital. The officers' names were not immediately released. Police Lieutenant Ron Gish says the officers arrived at the scene outside the grocery store at 1400 SW Huntoon in central Topeka in two separate vehicles. The officers exchanged gunfire with a man described as being 22 years old and in a 1999 silver Toyota Camry. Police continue to search for the man. A third officer present at the scene at the time of the shooting was not injured.
**update filed at 9:16 p.m. 12-16-2012