UPDATE: A third police officer has died in a shooting in Floyd County

UPDATED STORY PUBLISHED JULY 1, 2022 AT 11:00 PM

ALLEN, Ky. (WTVQ) – A third police officer died in a shooting in Floyd County Thursday night. According to the Prestonsburg Police Department, dog handler Jacob R. Chaffins is now deceased.

A message shared by the department reads in part: “You have dedicated your little time on this earth to serving the citizens of Prestonsburg and the Commonwealth as an EMT, firefighter and police officer. You have also dedicated yourself to the security of our country as a valiant soldier. The lives you’ve saved since you started working in the police are countless, and that’s how you gave your life – saving another. We’ll shine your light on Paisley and the world as long as we breathe. Rest easy, we have the watch.

Deputy William Petry and City Police Captain Ralph Frasure were also killed in the shootout, along with K9 Drago.

UPDATED STORY PUBLISHED JULY 1, 2022 AT 3:43 PM

ALLEN, Ky. (WTVQ/PRESS RELEASE) – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) continues to investigate a shooting involving an officer who occurred Thursday, June 30, 2022 at approximately 6:44 p.m. EST in Floyd County.

The KSP preliminary investigation determined that two law enforcement officers and a K-9 were pronounced dead after being injured in the shooting involving an officer last night. Four other law enforcement officers were injured; three of whom remain in hospital. One of the officers is in critical condition, two officers are in stable condition and one officer has been treated and released. Additionally, a civilian was injured in the incident and is receiving medical treatment at a hospital.

The investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

The KSP has statewide jurisdiction and investigates officer-involved shootings throughout the Commonwealth when requested by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. KSP is committed to transparency while ensuring the integrity of the investigation. To protect the integrity of an ongoing investigation, KSP’s standard operating procedure is not to release specific details until vital witnesses have been interviewed and relevant facts have been gathered. Investigation turnaround times vary depending on the complexity of the case.

The officers killed in a shooting in Floyd County on Thursday have been identified. According to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department, a procession of deceased officers Deputy William Petry and City Police Captain Ralph Frasure will take place Friday afternoon. The Sheriff’s Department says the motorcade will be on Route 114 at approximately 3:45 p.m. en route to their respective funeral homes. The public is invited to show their support.

UPDATED STORY PUBLISHED JULY 1, 2022 AT 2:53 PM

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky released a statement regarding the fatal shooting in Floyd County.

Statement from U.S. Attorney Shier regarding the Floyd County shooting:

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky is aware of the Floyd County shooting incident involving law enforcement, which occurred late yesterday and into the wee hours of today. today. As the investigation into this incident progresses, we stand with our local and national law enforcement partners. We are offering our federal support and resources to assist them in their investigation of this shooting. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this tragic event, especially family members, friends and colleagues of law enforcement and first responders lost or injured.

UPDATED STORY PUBLISHED JULY 1, 2022 AT 10:30 AM

ALLEN, Ky. (WTVQ) – The man arrested in connection with a fatal shooting Thursday night in Floyd County was in court Thursday morning, facing multiple charges of murder and attempted murder.

Lance Storz, 49, was arrested just after 4:45 a.m. Friday and charged with two counts of murder of a police officer and one count of murder, according to an arrest report. He is also charged with five counts of attempted murder of a police officer and one count of assault, 1st degree, on a service animal.

The arrest report indicates that Storz is accused of using a rifle to fire multiple bullets at several police officers. The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) responded to the scene Thursday just before 7 p.m. EST.

The KSP has statewide jurisdiction and investigates officer-involved shootings throughout the Commonwealth when requested by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. KSP continues to investigate.

Storz was held in the Pike County Detention Center on $10 million cash bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 11.

The victims have not yet been identified.

Governor Beshear tweeted a statement Friday morning, saying, “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. It is a difficult morning for our republic.

ABC 36 has a team on site and will continue to update you with more information.

UPDATED STORY PUBLISHED JULY 1, 2022 AT 7:10 AM

ALLEN, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting Thursday night in Floyd County.

According to Pike County Detention Center records, Lance Storz was arrested and is now incarcerated at the Pike County Detention Center. He faces charges of murder of a police officer, first-degree murder and assault on a service animal.

According to ABC affiliate WCHS, Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt said deputies tried to serve papers on an individual around 5 p.m. and were met with gunfire.

The Floyd County coroner was at the scene for several hours Friday morning.

ABC 36 has a team on site and will continue to update you with more information.

UPDATED STORY PUBLISHED JULY 1, 2022 AT 3:50 AM

ALLEN, Ky. (WTVQ) — Multiple people have been killed, including law enforcement, and several others injured after a shooting last night in eastern Kentucky, according to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.

KSP and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office responded to shots fired from KY Highway 1428 in Allen around 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

KSP says when officers arrived it was an active shooter situation. ABC 36 does not have a confirmed death count at this time, but we do know the Floyd County coroner has been at the scene since 12:30 p.m. Investigators say officers and civilians were injured.

Lexington Police say at least one person was transported from Floyd County to Lexington UK Hospital.

A dispatcher from the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office said the sheriff was at a local hospital with the family of a critically injured officer.

The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook asking people to pray for those involved and the families who are suffering:

“As previously reported by various media outlets, a fatal shooting took place tonight. An official statement from the Sheriff will be released later. But for now, he would like to thank everyone for your concern, texts, phone calls and most importantly your prayers. He asks that you please continue to pray for all the men and women involved and the families who have suffered loss,” a Facebook post read.

According to KSP, the shooter has been taken into custody and there is no danger to the public.

“There will be a heavy police presence in this area for a considerable time in the future, so we ask the public to avoid this area if possible,” said KSP Trooper Matt Gayheart.

At this time, KSP says it does not know why the man opened fire, but the investigation is being carried out by the Critical Incident Response Team.

The Floyd County Coroner and Kentucky State Police said they would be releasing more information throughout the morning.

ABC 36 has a team on site and will continue to update you with more information.

ORIGINAL STORY PUBLISHED JUNE 30, 2022 AT 10:51 PM

A shooting incident was reported by emergency crews in Floyd County Thursday night. According to ABC affiliate WCHS, deputies said a suspect was in custody after several people were shot near Railroad Street in Allen, Kentucky.

ATF Louisville said it was The Ashland and London offices responded to a shooting scene and an armed barricaded person earlier in the evening. ATF Says Kentucky State Police is the point of contact and will post more information as it becomes available.

Governor Andy Beshear released a statement Thursday evening on social media, saying, “Tonight I ask the Commonwealth to join Britainy and I in holding Floyd County in prayer, especially the family and loved ones of those who responded to a barricade situation involving a shootout.”

According to WCHS, Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt said deputies attempted to serve papers on an individual around 5 p.m. and were met with gunfire. Hunt told WCHS that several people were injured in the incident.

This is a developing story. Check back with ABC36 for updates.

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