Foundation fund

Fund established for families of three police officers who died in Floyd County last week shot in the line of duty

By Mark Maynard
kentucky today

PRESTONSBURG — As this small eastern Kentucky community grapples with the aftermath of a shooting that claimed the lives of three police officers last week, a fund has been established to help the families of the fallen police officers.

Donations can be made to the Floyd County Community Foundation at http://bit.ly/FloydCF.

There was a community prayer vigil Friday outside the Floyd County Courthouse with dozens gathering.

Captain Robert Frasure, Deputy William Petry and Officer Jacob Chaffins were killed in the line of duty last week at Allen.

The officers who died were Capt. Ralph Frasure and Officer Jacob Chaffins of the Prestonsburg Police Department and William Petry, a deputy with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office. The three men were shot dead after officers went to serve a domestic violence order against Lance Storz on Thursday. Storz allegedly opened fire on the police without warning.

In addition to the three police officers who died, several others were injured. The county emergency manager was also injured and a police dog, Drago, was killed.

Storz faces charges of murder and attempted murder.

At an arraignment hearing before Floyd District Judge Eric D. Hall on Friday, Lance P. Storz, 49, of Main Street, Allen, Hall pleaded not guilty on Storz’s behalf.

Hall ordered Storz to hold $10 million bond.

“There will be a lot more charges,” Floyd County District Attorney Keith Bartley said. “The charges last (Thursday) night took place in the middle of a war zone and were made essentially without definitive information at the time. There should be a lot more charges.

Bartley said Storz has been charged with crimes that carry the death penalty, but whether or not to seek the death penalty will be up to Floyd Commonwealth attorney Brent Turner.

According to the arrest citation, beginning around 6:44 p.m. on June 30, Storz used a rifle to fire multiple shots at several police officers in and around his residence. The shells killed two police officers at the scene, injured five other officers, injured the director of emergency management and caused the death of a K9 agent.

In addition to charges of murdering a police officer, Storz faces multiple charges of attempted murder of a police officer.

According to court documents, a domestic violence case was opened against Storz on June 30, with Judge Hall issuing an emergency protective order that day.

Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt said after Friday’s arraignment hearing that four officers attended the Storz residence on Thursday as part of the investigation of a domestic matter and encountered the unthinkable .

“That investigation led them to a residence in Allen,” Hunt said. “An individual in this house who the police were probably investigating on the domestic charge appeared to be expecting them and just opened fire upon their arrival.”

The filming took place in the small town of Allen of less than 200 inhabitants. Longtime resident and Allen Baptist Church education minister Dr Eugene Blackburn said the area was shaken and would remain so for some time.

“It’s a tragedy in any community, but it’s a real tragedy in our little community,” he said. “It’s like it’s this peaceful little place but yesterday (Thursday) it wasn’t.”

Kentucky State Police are investigating the incident and will release more information after interviewing witnesses and gathering the facts.

Nationally, police shootings are up 22% with 178 killed so far in 2022.