Third Kentucky officer dies after shootout: ‘They had no chance,’ sheriff said

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Three law enforcement officers were killed and five wounded in eastern Kentucky when a man with a rifle opened fire on police attempting to serve a warrant, authorities said.

Police took 49-year-old Lance Storz into custody late Thursday night after an hours-long standoff at a home in Allen, a small town in the hills of Appalachia.

An emergency management official was also injured and a police dog was killed, according to the arrest citation.

The responding officers encountered “pure hell” when they arrived on the scene, Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt told reporters Friday afternoon.

“They had no chance,” he said.

Hunt said four deputies initially responded, then called for backup when they were shot at. The sheriff said Storz surrendered after negotiations that included his family members. Hunt had told local media the deputies were serving a court-issued warrant Thursday evening related to a domestic violence situation.

Hunt said one of his deputies, William Petry, and Prestonsburg Police Capt. Ralph Frasure were killed in the shooting. Frasure worked for 39 years in law enforcement in Floyd County. Another Prestonsburg officer, Jacob Chaffins, died after being hospitalized, the police department said in a social media post Friday night.

Storz was arraigned Friday morning by a judge in Pike County. He pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder of a police officer and was jailed on a $10 million bond. One of the charges was originally attempted murder of a police officer, but a judge said at the hearing that was upgraded to murder. He is also facing another attempted murder charge and assault on a service animal.

Few details were available Friday. State police had said in a brief statement that they were investigating an officer-involved shooting.

“This is a tough morning for our commonwealth,” Gov. Andy Beshear said in a social media post Friday morning. “Floyd County and our brave first responders suffered a tragic loss last night. I want to ask all of Kentucky to join me in praying for this community.”

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron posted on social media that he was heartbroken over news of the officers’ deaths.

“Our law enforcement exhibited unimaginable heroism and sacrifice last night in the face of evil,” he said.

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Judy Curtis

Prayers sent to all involved This is a tragedy for the state of Kentucky Everyone needs to come together and help all the families and troopers try and get thru the days to follow Got bless 🙏

Mary Cox

It was an ambush and he knew exactly what he was doing. He should have answered for his crime on the spot!!!!

Trumi Mart
16d ago

Yet a black man running away from the police with no weapon will get shot 60 times. TSK. And don't come for my post. IT'S THE TRUTH. I'm not keeping anything going. Y'all just dont want to talk about it because it makes you uncomfortable. SO. My people dying by the hands of people who are suppose fo protect us makes me real uncomfortable. Prayers for their families.


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