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Topeka police finish internal review of fatal shooting

January 20, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Topeka police department says its internal investigation determined two officers who fatally shot a man in September acted in compliance with the department’s policy on use of force.

Deputy city manager Doug Gerber said Friday no further information would be released on whether officers Justin Mackey and Michael Cruse were disciplined because it is a personnel matter.

The two officers were on paid leave since they shot 30-year-old Dominque White Sept. 28 near a Topeka park. Authorities said the officers struggled with White and shot him after he appeared to be reaching for a gun as he ran away.

Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay announced in December that the officers wouldn’t be charged.

Attorneys for White’s family on Friday disputed the findings, saying they were contradicted by video and ballistic evidence.

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