Three cops die in Kentucky shooting while serving search warrant | American news

Three law enforcement officers were killed and five were injured in eastern Kentucky when a man with a rifle opened fire at police trying to issue a warrant, authorities said.

Police said they had taken 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 Appalachia hills.

A disaster response officer was also injured and a police dog killed, according to the arrest citation.

The officers who responded met “pure hell” when they arrived on the scene, Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt told reporters Friday.

“They didn’t stand a chance,” he said.

Hunt said four deputies initially responded and then called for reinforcements when they were fired upon. The sheriff said a suspect surrendered after negotiations with his relatives. Hunt had told local media that the deputies were serving a court-issued arrest warrant on Thursday night in connection with a domestic violence situation.

Hunt said one of his deputies, William Petry, and Prestonsburg police captain Ralph Frasure were killed in the shooting. Frasure spent 39 years with the Floyd County Police Department. Another Prestonsburg officer, Jacob Chaffins, died after being hospitalized, police 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 murders of a police officer and was given a $10 million bail. One of the charges was originally the attempted murder of a police officer, but a judge said during the hearing that it was upgraded to murder. He also faces a new charge of attempted murder and assault of a service animal.

Few details were known on Friday. State police had said in a brief statement that they were investigating a shooting involving an officer.

“This is a tough morning for our commonwealth,” Governor 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 by the news of the officers’ deaths.

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