Authorities on Friday were investigating a shooting that left two officers dead and several others wounded after police in Kentucky tried to serve a warrant Thursday evening, officials said.
While Kentucky State Police could not confirm any deaths late Thursday in the community of Allen, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department said, “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.”
An official statement from Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt will be released later, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.
The suspect, 49-year-old Lance Storz, is in custody, and there is no threat to the public, Kentucky State Police Trooper Matt Gayheart told reporters at the scene.
The identity of the person taken into custody was not released. Gayheart said that he did not know whether the person, whom he referred to as the shooter, had been shot or otherwise injured.
WSAZ reported the suspect faces multiple charges, including two counts of murder of a police officer and an additional count of murder of another person. He is also charged with assaulting a service animal.
State police were called to assist law enforcement around 6:30 p.m. on a report of shots fired, he said.
“They responded out here. That situation turned into an active shooter,” Gayheart said. He said that “it was a very active scene upon us arriving.”
Allen is a small community of 182 people in eastern Kentucky, around 25 miles from the West Virginia border, according to census data.