Two law enforcement officers were killed and four other officers were shot Thursday night after a man barricaded at his home opened fire with a rifle in Allen, Ky., a rural town so small it has no police force of its own, authorities said.
Kentucky State Police, investigating the shooting, said another person who is not an officer was also shot during the episode and a police dog was beaten and killed. Another officer suffered an injury unrelated to gunfire, Kentucky State Police Captain Paul Blanton said in an interview.
The law enforcement officers who were killed were identified by authorities on Friday as Captain Ralph Frasure of the Prestonsburg Police Department and Deputy William Petry of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department.
Three of the officers who were shot remained in hospital on Friday, one in critical condition and two in stable condition, authorities said. One was treated and released. The non-officer received medical care at a hospital, but an exact condition was not immediately known.
Police arrested Lance P. Storz, 49, who faces several charges, including murder, attempted murder and assault on a service animal, according to an arrest warrant. The circumstances leading to the shooting are still unclear, Captain Blanton said.
“We don’t know exactly why the police and sheriffs were there,” he said. “I saw both of them there to issue a warrant against him, but I also saw them there to issue a warrant of protection against him. We do not know.”
According to The Lexington Herald LeaderPolice received a complaint Thursday that Mr. Storz assaulted a woman who had received a distress warrant that officers told Mr. Storz tried to enact.
Sheriff John Hunt of Floyd County told The Herald-Leader that it appeared that Mr. Storz had been waiting for officers and opened fire without warning.
“They ended up in pure hell,” Sheriff Hunt said. “They didn’t stand a chance.”
Allen, a town of less than 200 residents about 120 miles east of Lexington, does not have its own police force, so officers from nearby agencies, including the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department and the Prestonsburg Police Department, responded to the home, authorities said. †