Three officers, one K-9 killed in Floyd County shooting

ALLEN, Ky. (WYMT) — Three officers and a K-9 were killed in Thursday’s shooting in Floyd County, officials say.

The shooting happened on Main Street Thursday night in the community of Allen.

According to Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt, the deputies were trying to serve a court-issued warrant in a domestic violence situation.

We were told the suspect, Lance Storz, 49, of Allen, began shooting when officers arrived.

Police said Storz used a rifle to fire multiple bullets at multiple officers.

“Kentucky State Police Station 9 in Pikeville received a call for officer assistance with a gunshot complaint,” said Matt Gayheart of the Kentucky State Police. “They answered here. This situation turned into an active shooter.

Kentucky State Police (KSP) troopers arrested Storz and he was taken to jail just before 5 a.m. Friday.

A Kentucky State Police arrest citation said eight people were shot.

The shooting left three dead and five injured.

Despite online rumours, Floyd County Executive Judge Robbie Williams confirmed that it was “never a hostage situation,” and that the woman and child who lived at the home were not home at the time of the incident.

Lance Storz appeared in Floyd County District Court virtually on Friday morning.

Storz faces multiple counts, including one count of murder of a police officer, one count of attempted murder of a police officer and another count of attempted murder. He is also accused of assaulting a service animal.(WSAZ/Pike County Detention Center)

Storz was represented by public defenders and his attorneys pleaded not guilty.

He faces multiple charges, including two counts of murdering a police officer and two other counts of attempted murder. He is also accused of assaulting a service animal. His bond has been set at $10 million in cash and his preliminary hearing is Monday, July 11 at 1:30 p.m.

On Friday afternoon, Sheriff John Hunt released the names of two officers who were killed in the shooting.

Deputy William Petry was a 31-year law enforcement veteran. He served two years with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, 15 years with the Kentucky State Police and 14 years with the Prestonsburg Police Department.

City Police Captain Ralph Frasure was a 39-year law enforcement veteran. He has served with the Prestonsburg Police Department since 1983.

K-9 Drago was also killed in the shootout. Drago, a German Shepherd drug detection dog, was a six-year veteran of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.

On Friday evening, Prestonsburg Police Department officials confirmed that a third officer had died in Thursday’s shooting.

Jacob R. Chaffins died of his injuries.

Chaffins was a three-year law enforcement veteran. He has served the Prestonsburg Police Department since 2019.

Three officers killed in Floyd County shooting(WYMT)

Governor Andy Beshear released the following statement on Saturday:

A procession was held on Friday as the bodies of Deputy Petry and Captain Frasure were brought back from Frankfurt.

On Saturday, hundreds of community members and first responders was along the highway as Officer Chaffins’ body was taken home.

Procession for Chaffins officers
Procession for Chaffins officers(Jordan Mullins)

Sheriff John Hunt released the names of injured officials on Saturday.

Deputy Darrin Lawson, Constable Gary Wolfe and Floyd County Emergency Manager Joe Reynolds were injured in the shooting.

According to KSP, two of the injured officials remain in hospital, but are in stable condition.

An officer was treated and released from hospital.

There is a growing memorial outside Prestonsburg City Hall and the Floyd County Courthouse honoring the three officers and K-9 who died.

A memorial grows outside Prestonsburg City Hall in honor of two fallen officers.
A memorial grows outside Prestonsburg City Hall in honor of two fallen officers.(WSAZ)
A memorial stands outside the Floyd County Courthouse honoring Deputy William Petry and K-9...
A memorial stands outside the Floyd County Courthouse honoring Deputy William Petry and K-9 Officer Drago.(WSAZ)

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