Two officers were killed when a man opened fire on police attempting to serve a warrant at a home in Kentucky on Thursday night, authorities said. Five other people were injured at the scene in the rural area in a mountainous part of eastern Kentucky, an arrest citation said.
The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office identified the slain officers as Deputy William Petry and Prestonsburg police Captain Ralph Frasure.
Three injured officers remain in the 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, according to the citation.
Police took 49-year-old Lance Storz into custody late Thursday night.
The responding officers encountered “pure hell” when they arrived on the scene, Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt told reporters Friday afternoon.
“They had no luck,” he said.
Storz used a rifle to fire multiple rounds at officers around his residence on Main Street in Allen, Kentucky, the citation said.
Hunt said four deputies initially responded, and then called for backup when shots were fired at them. The officers at the scene were under fire for hours, Hunt said. He said Storz surrendered after negotiations that included Storz’s family members.
Hunt said the deputies were serving a court-issued warrant related to a domestic violence situation. State police were called to the scene at 6:30 pm, joining local officers already on the scene.
Storz was sponsored 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 at the hearing, a judge said that was upgraded to murder. He is also facing another attempted murder charge and assault on a service animal.
State police said in a statement that they are investigating the shooting.
Attorney General Daniel Cameron said in a social media post Friday that he is “heartbroken to learn of the deaths of two law enforcement officers.”
“Our law enforcement exhibited unimaginable heroism and sacrifice last night in the face of evil,” Cameron said.
“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 Gov. Andy Beshear said in a social media post Friday morning. “This is a tough morning for our commonwealth.”