Authorities investigate officer-involved shooting that left one dead

Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting north of Hays on Highway 183. (KSN Photo)

HAYS, Kan. (KSNW) – Authorities are investigating a shooting involving an officer in northwest Kansas. The shooting left a driver, the officer was chasing, dead. It started about 3 a.m. Tuesday during a traffic stop on Vine Street in Hays.

The driver initially complied with the traffic stop, then unexpectedly fled north through Hays on U.S. 183 at a high rate of speed. The pursuit continued with an Ellis County Sheriff’s Deputy. The driver lost control of the car near the Ellis/Rooks County line.

Officials said the driver got out of the vehicle and approached the Ellis County Sheriff’s Deputy.  During that time, the driver refused orders and was confrontational towards the officer. The driver was tased twice but continued to attack the officer who was knocked to the ground. The officer pulled his weapon and ordered the driver to get back.

“The individual continued to attack him, knocked him to the ground. The officer then pulled his service weapon, and ordered the individual to back away, get on the ground The individual did back away, but then, he attacked the officer another time,” said Thomas Drees. Ellis County Attorney.

The driver again attacked the officer. The officer fired multiple shots striking the driver. The driver died at the scene. Right now, the driver has not been identified.

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Deputy was treated at Hays Medical Center for injuries he received during the altercation and has been released.

The Ellis County Coroner and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation are in charge of the case. The deputy has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.

Parts of U.S. 183 were shut down as crews investigated the shooting.