FLOYD COUNTY, KY – A Thursday night shooting in the Allen community left 2 members of law enforcement dead, along with a police K-9 dog, and 6 others wounded.
The alleged gunman is being held on $10M bond after he held his wife and daughter hostage in a domestic violence episode. When law enforcement arrived on the scene, Lance Storz opened fire, according to authorities. They say that Storz fired hundreds of rounds from firearms that he had positioned around the house.
“They encountered pure hell when they arrived. They had no chance,” said Sheriff John Hunt. “He was a sheer terrorist. He was just a terrorist on a mission.”
Dead are Prestonsburg Police Department Captain Ralph Frasure, Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputy Will Petry, and FCSO K-9 Drago.
OFFICERS KILLED | From Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt:
The procession of the fallen officers, Deputy William Petry and City Police Captain Ralph Frasure will be on Route 114 around 3:45 in route to their respective funeral homes. All are welcome to show their support. #WKYT pic.twitter.com/SGUFfRJBIs
— Chad Hedrick (@ChadHedrickWKYT) July 1, 2022
Prestonsburg PD also posted on Facebook regarding the escort of these heroes as they were returned to Floyd County.
Frasure had been in law enforcement for 39 years. Details surrounding Deputy Petry are still unclear. Law Enforcement Today is working to obtain information regarding the length of his tenure with the county, as well as who they both tragically left behind.
In the meantime, we will offer up our prayers and thoughts to the multiple agencies, communities and families impacted by this tragedy.
One of the officers remains in critical condition. Two have been upgraded to stable, and another was treated and released.
According to KION, one of the wounded officers was identified as Jacob Chaffins, who is just beginning his law enforcement career.
Two officers murdered, six others wounded during barricade situation created when police served domestic violence order
FLOYD COUNTY, KY – Law Enforcement today is just learning of a breaking story out of Kentucky.
Floyd County Sheriff’s deputies were attempting to serve a domestic violence order at the home of Lance Storz around 6 pm on June 30th. As the officers approached the home, Storz opened fire, according to WKYT.
Storz then barricaded himself into his home. Multiple agencies were called in to help bring the incident to a resolution.
Responding agencies include Kentucky State Police, The Louisville Field Division of the Bureau of Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and agencies from Boyd, Knott, and Laurel counties.
@ATFLouisville’s Ashland and London Offices are responding to a shooting scene and armed barricaded person in Floyd County, Kentucky. @kystatepolice is the point of contact and will release more information as it becomes available. pic.twitter.com/8ljyvRMz8x
— ATF Louisville (@ATFLouisville) July 1, 2022
During the course of the nearly 4-hour standoff, Storz is alleged to have shot a total of 8 people. Seven of those were law enforcement, the eighth was an emergency management director. A K-9 dog was also shot and killed.
Tragically, two of the officers shot have died of their injuries.
The condition of the other six wounded is unknown.
Those injured in the shooting were transported to hospitals in Prestonsburg, Lexington and Huntington, West Virginia.
It is also being reported that as part of the barricade, Storz was keeping his wife and daughter in locked in the home with him. They exited the home after his arrest without physical injury.
We are awaiting an official statement from John Hunt, the Floyd County Sheriff.
The department posted to their Facebook page last night, but have not released any further details.
Around midnight, they issued the following:
“As reported earlier by different news media outlets, a deadly shooting has taken place tonight. An official statement from Sheriff will be released later. But for now, he wants to thank everyone for your concern, texts, phone calls and most importantly your prayers. He asks that you please continue to pray for all of the men and women involved and the families who have suffered loss.”
This is the suspect in the deadly shooting of a police officer in Floyd Co. last night. 49-year-old Lance Storz is facing charges of murder and murder of a police officer. @LEX18News pic.twitter.com/n9iAlugBjD
— Evelyn Schultz (@EvelynSchultzTV) July 1, 2022
The 49-year-old Storz was eventually taken into custody. He is charged with multiple counts of murder of a police officer, attempted murder of a police officer, attempted murder, and assault of a service animal. He was booked into the Pike County Detention Center.
A judge set his at $10M. He is being represented by public defenders. He has also pleaded not guilty. He is due in court for his preliminary hearing on Monday, July 11.
Kentucky governor Andy Beshear issued a statement last night via Twitter as the situation was unfolding.
“Tonight I ask the commonwealth to join Britainy and I in holding Floyd County in prayer, especially the family and loved ones of those who have responded to a barricade situation involving a shooting.”
Tonight I ask the commonwealth to join Britainy and I in holding Floyd County in prayer, especially the family and loved ones of those who have responded to a barricade situation involving a shooting. ^AB
— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) July 1, 2022
This is a developing story. As the official statements are released today, we will provide updates, especially as it pertains to the condition of the other officers and the emergency management director.
Police sergeant dragged by suspect’s car was placed on life support, and the suspect is finally in custody – again.
BALTIMORE, MD – Police have identified Joseph Black, 36, as the individual that dragged a police sergeant almost two blocks, leaving him so badly injured that he was placed on life support once he arrived at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Shortly after arrival, the 27-year-veteran of the BPD was in critical condition.
“He is critically ill. He is on full life support. Our diagnostic studies are ongoing,” said Dr. Thomas M. Scalea of Shock Trauma.
Mayor Brandon Scott said:
“I hear a lot about what our police officers in Baltimore aren’t doing and what they won’t do, but what we have tonight is a sergeant who is on life support here at Shock Trauma because he was exactly where he should have been, doing exactly what he should have been doing. We have to understand where this happened.
This is a neighborhood in a particular block that has had issues with violence for as long as I’ve been breathing. Having spent a significant amount of my childhood in that neighborhood, having spent a lot of time on that block particularly, we have to understand why our officers are there.”
The unidentified officer was upgraded to fair condition after surgery.
As police searched for Black, they issued a memo saying that he was to be “considered armed and dangerous” after BPD officers said they observed a gun in the vehicle.
According to the Baltimore Sun, police finally tracked him down and he barricaded himself in a home, beginning a standoff.
SWAT arrived and officers on scene issued a shelter in place for those in the neighborhood. That order lasted nearly 6 hours before they were able to get him into custody.
Joseph Black, accused of injuring a Baltimore Police Officer Tuesday, has a criminal history dating back nearly 20 years.https://t.co/0c4AgfSzMX
— FOX Baltimore (@FOXBaltimore) June 30, 2022
Black surrendered without incident, and reportedly admitted to striking the officer with his car in an attempt to flee the scene.
“Frankly an individual who had no business being out, who should have still been behind bars, was out wreaking havoc on the streets of Baltimore yet again,” Scott concluded.
What was Harrison referencing?
Turns out Joseph Black has somewhat of a checkered past.
According to the Sun:
“In 2006, Black also pleaded guilty to armed robbery. The judge in that case sentenced him to five years behind bars with four years suspended and three years of supervised probation. In 2011 and 2012, he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault charges in two separate cases.
And in 2015, he pleaded guilty to a gun charge. He was in prison on that conviction until January 2019, according to information from the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.”
While that seems like a lot, it seems there is more to Black’s criminal story. When he was arrested in this most recent incident, he was a suspect in the June 14th shooting death of Darrell Fulton.
But it is the period between his 2019 release and today that Harrison was alluding to specifically.
In late 2021, Black was freed from jail after he pleaded guilty on charges stemming from two separate cases. In each of those instances, he was arrested for attempted murder and other violent counts. In one case the charges included attempted first-degree murder. In the second, he was charged with 33 different counts.
And, in both instances, he was able to plea bargain his way into charges of illegal gun possession by a felon. He was sentenced 15 years in prison, with all but time served suspended and was then released on supervised probation, which he was still serving at the time of his most recent arrest.
With all of that violence in his past, he spent roughly 5 years behind bars.
And now, police say he tried to kill a cop.
Police Commissioner Michael Harrison spoke regarding the suspect.
“When we talk about repeat violent offenders, this is what we are referring to,” Harrison clarified. “Black has been arrested at least 19 times as an adult with little or no regard for consequences.”
When asked how it was possible for Black to be on the street, Harrison did not hold back, first saying he couldn’t answer the question.
“It was a great question. I just believe you’re asking it to the wrong person,” added Harrison, in reference to the prosecutors’ discretion regarding the plea deals.
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said the issue stemmed from a lack of victim and witness participation.
“This is a problem that I have outlined for a number of years,” she said.
“We have to break down these barriers of distrust. Despite the unprecedented challenges in our court system with a massive backload in criminal cases and the lure of higher pay and lighter caseloads in neighboring offices, my prosecutors continue to deliver justice day in and day out to the citizens of Baltimore City.”
Given his violent criminal history and his repeated propensity for possessing a firearm as a felon, many are left wondering just exactly where the justice is when it comes to Joseph Black.
“This highlights the need to step up our rehabilitation and reentry work because clearly someone who was in and out of prison for years wasn’t properly being prepared to reenter into our society,” Mayor Scott said.
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