Suspect in officer-involved shooting identified

COWLEY COUNTY, Kansas – A 22-year-old man is dead after being shot by an officer in south-central Kansas.

Cowley County Sheriff Don Read says the shooting happened Saturday evening one mile west of the K-15 and U.S. 166 junction.

He says shots were fired after the deputy stopped the driver, who has been identified as 22-year-old Tayler Rand Rock, for a traffic violation.

Officials say there was a physical confrontation between the deputy, and the driver when shots were fired.

The car drove a short distance, went through a fence, and came to a stop.

The deputy reported he was run over.

The deputy drove to the car and found a 1-year-old girl in the back seat of the car.

Officials say another car passing by witnessed the incident and pulled over.

The officer took the baby to the witnesses while he went back to do CPR on the man.

EMS arrived, and they transported Rack to South Central Kansas Medical Center where he died.

The deputy was treated for his injuries after being run over during the traffic stop.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas Highway Patrol have taken over investigation of the shooting.

The deputy has been placed on administrative leave.

The Cowley County Coroner has ordered an autopsy which is being performed at the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Center. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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