Sheriff: Deputy dragged by car before fatal shooting

By: KAKE News Email
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Dexter, Kan. -- Investigators have released new information in connection to a fatal officer-involved shooting over the weekend in Cowley County.

According to Cowley County Sheriff Don Read, it began as a traffic stop just after 7 p.m. Saturday on Highway 166 near K-15. A Cowley County deputy pulled the car over for a license violation.

Not long after walking over to the car, a physical confrontation ensued between the deputy and the driver. The sheriff said the suspect then began to drive away, dragging the deputy for some distance. During that time, shots were fired.

Seconds later, the deputy called for assistance, saying shots were fired and that he had been dragged and run over. Several other units and EMS responded from Cowley County, Arkansas City and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

A passing car carrying two adults and a child saw what was happening and stopped nearby.

The suspect drove for another quarter mile before crashing into a fence. The deputy got back into his car and followed. When he approached the suspect's car, he saw a one-year-old girl in the backseat. The deputy took the child from the car, and over to the passersby who had stopped. He then went back to the car, and began to perform CPR on the suspect.

Other units arrived, and the suspect was rushed to an area hospital where he later died. He's been identified as 22-year-old Tayler Rock of Arkansas City. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

The deputy was also taken to a hospital, and was soon after treated and released. Per protocol, he's been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is conducted by the KBI and KHP.

The child was not injured.

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A man is dead following an officer-involved shooting near Dexter in Cowley County.

Sheriff Don Read told KAKE News at the scene that it happened just after 7 p.m. Saturday near US Highway 166 and K-15. He says shots were fired after the deputy stopped the driver of a car for a traffic violation.

The sheriff said the deputy was hurt and a driver critically injured in the shooting.

The deputy was transported to the hospital, but is expected to recover. The driver was later pronounced dead.

Acquaintances of the driver say his name was Taylor Rock. It is not known what lead to the deputy being forced to fire his gun at the driver.

Residents near the crime scene were shocked to hear of the shooting. Diane Massey's house was located just a few miles from incident. "It was very disorienting, things like that don't happen around here," she said.

Sheriff Read said the case has been turned over to the KBI and the Kansas Highway Patrol and he could not provide any further details. A media briefing is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.


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