A Bryan County Sheriff’s Office deputy was killed in the line of duty Tuesday after his vehicle crashed while in route to a 9-1-1 call.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol said BCSO Deputy Jarid Taylor, 31, of Liberty, was traveling east on Old Highway 70 as he responded to an emergency call outside Durant shortly after 6 a.m.
Taylor’s patrol unit veered off the roadway near Lone Oak Road and collided with a tree. The fatal, single-vehicle crash was called into dispatchers just before 6:30 a.m.
BCSO and OHP officials escorted Taylor’s body to Oklahoma City Tuesday, where the Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy.
The crash remains under investigation by OHP’s Traffic Homicide Unit.
According to information released by the BCSO, Taylor began with the department in 2018 as a correctional officer. After attending the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET), he became a resource officer for the Silo School District before moving to the BCSO patrol division.
Services for Taylor, who is survived by his fiancée, 5-year-old-son and 6-year-old daughter, are scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kemp Baptist Church, 510 Main St., in Kemp, followed by a burial at Kemp Cemetery.
Drew Smith is a crime and emergency reporter for the Bryan County News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.