Two officers were killed when a man opened fire on police trying to execute a wanted warrant at a Kentucky home on Thursday night, authorities said. Five others were injured at the scene in a rural area in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, an arresting source said.
Floyd County Sheriff’s Office determined The officers killed were Deputy William Petry and Prestonsburg Police Captain Ralph Frasure.
Three injured officers remain in hospital, state police said in a statement. One is in critical condition, and two are in stable condition. One officer was treated and released, state police said.
An emergency management official was also injured and a police dog was killed.
Police took Lance Storz, 49, into custody late Thursday night.
Responders encountered “pure hell” when they arrived on the scene, Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt told reporters Friday afternoon.
“They didn’t stand a chance,” he said.
Storz used a rifle to fire multiple shots at officers around his residence on Main Street in Allen, Kentucky, the citation said.
Mr Hunt said four deputies initially responded, then called for help when shots were fired at them. Officers at the scene were shot for hours, Hunt said. He said Storz surrendered after negotiations involving members of the Storz family.
Mr. Hunt said delegates were serving court orders issued by the court regarding domestic violence. State police were called to the scene at 6:30 p.m., along with local officers who were on the scene.
Storz was arranged Friday morning by a judge in Pike County. He pleaded not guilty to two counts of killing a police officer and was jailed for a $10 million fine. One of the initial charges was attempting to kill a police officer, but at the hearing a judge said that was upgraded to murder. He is also facing one charge of willful murder and assaulting a service animal.
State Police said in a statement that they were investigating the shooting.
Attorney General Daniel Cameron said in a social media post Friday that he was “deeply heartbroken to learn of the deaths of two law enforcement officers.”
“Our law enforcement displayed unimaginable heroism and sacrifice last night in the face of evil,” Cameron said. speak.
” Floyd County and our brave first responders suffered a tragic loss last night. I would like to call on all Kentuckyans to join me in praying for this community,” Kentucky Governor Andy said. Beshear said in a social media post Friday morning. “This is a difficult morning for our commonwealth.”