Update: Cowley County Sheriff Don Read provided a few more details about what led up to a deadly officer-involved shooting over the weekend.

Sheriff Read says the deputy pulled over a driver for a traffic violation.  Three minutes later the deputy called in that shots had been fired. 

Read says the driver, identified as 22-year-old Tayler Rock, was in the car along with a one-year-old girl.  When the deputy approached the car, Rock tried to drive away, dragging the deputy through a ditch and running him over. 

At some point, shots were fired.  Read would not say who fired shots. 

Read says the deputy took the one-year-old girl, who was not hurt, out of Rock's car and took her to a second vehicle that had stopped on the side of the road. Two adults and a child were in the second vehicle. 

The deputy then performed CPR on Rock.  Rock was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The deputy was treated for injuries to his lower legs suffered while being dragged.  He has since been released and is now on administrative leave as the incident is investigated.

An autopsy is being performed on Rock's body. Results should be back in six to eight weeks.

Read says the deputy has been with the department for several years.

The KBI is heading up the investigation, along with the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Stay with Eyewitness News for any updates as we get them.


An Arkansas City man has died, and a Cowley County deputy was hurt in an officer-involved shooting during a traffic stop.

Cowley County Sheriff Don Read said it began when a deputy stopped the driver of a car on U.S. 166, west of K-15 around 7:10 p.m. Saturday. After the traffic stop, shots were fired, and the deputy and driver were taken to a nearby hospital.

Friends and family have identified the driver as 22-year old Tayler Rock of Ark City.

"We were all having fun playing pool, just hanging out, talking about his daughters you know. It was all positive," said Kris Ripley, a friend.

"I have talked to the Sheriff and Under Sheriff and they are telling a different story than what we are reading," said Patrick Lane, an uncle. "So we really want to get to the bottom of it." reports the injured deputy was treated and released.

The KBI and Kansas Highway Patrol are assisting with the investigation.

Read is expected to hold a briefing Monday afternoon. It will be streamed live on