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Multiple officers killed when shooter opens fire on law enforcement at residence

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Christopher Leach

Lexington Herald-Leader

Editor’s note:This story has been updated to accurately reflect the number of officers killed after the Floyd County attorney clarified that one injured officer was revived and is on life support.

Multiple law enforcement officers are dead and several others are hurt after a shooting in Floyd County, according to the Floyd County sheriff and court documents.

The shooting happened Thursday and multiple agencies responded.

Here’s the latest of what we know:

What led up to the shooting?

According to court documents, a man opened fire on officers with a rifle at his residence on Main Street in Allen. WKYT, the Herald-Leader’s news-reporting partner, reported that officers were serving a domestic violence order before the shooting.

Kentucky State Police spokesman Matt Gayheart said state police received a request for officer assistance shortly after 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The initial complaint was shots fired, but it eventually escalated to an active shooter incident.

At about 10 p.m., the shooter was taken into custody after barricading himself inside his residence for several hours, Gayheart said.

The shooting involved victims from multiple agencies, according to media reports.

Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt confirmed the news to multiple media outlets late Thursday night. Kentucky State Police spokesman Matt Gayheart told reporters in Allen that the shooter was in custody and there was no threat to the public around midnight as well.

Who is the suspect?

Lance Storz, 49, is accused of the shooting.

He’s facing two charges of murder of a police officer, four counts of attempted murder of a police officer, one additional count of attempted murder and one count of assault on a service animal, according to court records. Court documents alleged that Storz was the shooter, and Floyd County Attorney Keith Bartley confirmed Storz as the suspect.

How many were killed or hurt?

Storz’ arrest citation said the shooting left two police officers and one police K9 dead. Five additional police officers and one emergency management director were also injured.

Bartley said a third police officer was revived and is now on life support.

Injured officers were taken to hospitals in Prestonsburg, Lexington, and Huntington, W.Va., according to LEX18.

Community response

In a Facebook post, Hunt thanked everyone for their thoughts and messages and asked people to pray for the ones involved in Thursday night’s incident.

Mayor of Prestonburg Les Stapleton said the city’s administrative offices are closed Friday with plans of re-opening Tuesday. He encouraged people experiencing emergencies to still call 911.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said they were responding to the scene just before 9:30 p.m. Gov. Andy Beshear also sent out a tweet offering his thoughts and prayers for those involved.

Beshear sent out another tweet Friday morning thanking the first responders at the shooting.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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