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Three Kentucky police officers and a police dog were killed and at least four other officers were injured following a shooting in a residential area of the city of Prestonsburg Thursday night, police said.
Prestonsburg Police Captain Ralph Frasure and Deputy William Petry were identified among those who died, along with K9 Nelson and dog handler Jacob Chaffins, Kentucky State Police said.
Lance Storz, 49, was taken into custody following a shooting at his home as two officers arrived to serve him with a warrant for his arrest shortly before 7 p.m. Storz, armed with a rifle, opened fire and struck the two officers, the Prestonsburg Police Department said.
Other officers from different jurisdictions responded to the incident and at least four were injured, they added.
“It’s heartbreaking, you know, every time you lose your life,” Kentucky State Police Trooper Matt Gayheart told Fox 56. were our friends, and as a community we need to stick together and do it together, and we ask everyone to keep these officers in your thoughts and prayers.
“Jake and K9 Nelson completed two weeks of partner training in Little Rock, Arkansas, where the duo became ‘Nationally Certified in Drug Detection, Tracking and Apprehension,'” the report said. city of Prestonsburg.
Nelson was a belgian malinois, born January 20, 2020. “Nelson began training for a career as an assistance dog at birth and was imported to the United States last July where he began specific areas of training and scouting” , added the city.
Capt. Frasure commanded the Special Projects Division, which includes school resources and safety, the Criminal Investigations and Interdiction Squad, and training and preparedness, the city of Prestonsburg said.
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“The man fired hundreds of rounds from pre-positioned firearms throughout the house,” read a post on Officer Down’s memorial page.
Storz was wanted for felony domestic violence charges, police said.
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“For thirty-nine years you served with honor and glory until the last second you did not go down without a fight. We love you. Your job here is done. There will never be another. another,” Prestonsburg Police said at the end. -to-watch the Facebook post honoring Frasure.
“You have devoted your short stay on this earth to the service of the citizens of Prestonsburg and the Commonwealth as a paramedic, firefighter and policeman. You have further devoted yourself to the safety of our country as a gallant soldier,” another end -guard post, honoring Chaffins, said.
“The lives you’ve saved since you even started policing are countless, and that’s how you gave your life – saving another. We’ll shine your light on Paisley and the world for so long. that we will breathe,” the post added. “Rest, we have the watch.
Governor Andy Beshear confirmed the “tragic loss” of the officers in a tweet Friday morning and asked community members in Floyd County to pray for the injured and the families of those affected by the shooting.
“Floyd County and our brave first responders suffered a tragic loss last night,” the governor tweeted. “I want to ask all of Kentucky to join me in praying for this community. This is a tough morning for our Commonwealth.”
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“Britain and I pray for the families of the lost, the injured and the entire Allen community. These heroes have sacrificed everything to protect our people,” Beshear added in a later tweet.
First Lady Britainy Beshear also tweeted that her “heart breaks for the Allen community”.
She also said her “thoughts and prayers are with” each of the families affected by the shooting. “Let us honor our first responders for their bravery and sacrifice,” she added.
At least four police officers and a civilian were injured in the shooting, state police said, although the arrest report said five police officers and a civilian were injured.
The conditions of the injured were not immediately clear.
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Storz has been charged with multiple counts of murdering a police officer, attempted murder of a police officer and assaulting a service animal, police said.
He is being held on $10 million bail ahead of his July 11 hearing.