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BREAKING: 2 Officers Dead, 6 More Wounded During Standoff With Hostages

Allen, KY – At least one police officer and a police K9 were killed and at least six other people were wounded during an armed standoff at a residence on Thursday night.

According to an arrest citation issued by the Kentucky State Police, a total of eight people were shot during the June 30 incident, WYMT reported.

Two law enforcement officers succumbed to their wounds at the scene.

A police K9 was killed in the attack, and it is unclear if the second law enforcement officer who died at the scene is the police K9, WYMT reported.

The emergency management director and five other law enforcement officers were among the wounded, according to the news outlet.

Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt said sheriff’s deputies were trying to serve a domestic violence order on Railroad Street in Allen at about 5 p.m. on June 30 when the suspect opened fire on them, WCHS reported.

The gunman was armed with a rifle, according to WLEX.

The suspect barricaded himself in the house, taking his wife and daughter hostage in the process, WLEX reported.

Sheriff Hunt said multiple law enforcement officers from different agencies were shot during the gunfight that ensued but he did not release any information about which agencies they belonged to.

The wounded officers were transported to various different hospitals around the region for treatment, according to WYMT.

Kentucky State Police (KSP) and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) responded to the scene to assist local law enforcement, WSAZ reported.

Sheriff Hunt announced that the suspect had been taken into custody at about 10 p.m.

He has been identified as 49-year-old Lance Storz, the Courier Journal reported.

Neither of the hostages involved in the hours-long standoff was injured, according to the New York Daily News.

Storz was booked into the Pike County Detention Center shortly after 4:30 a.m. on Friday on two counts of murder of a police officer, one count of murder, and one count of first-degree assault on a police animal, the Courier Journal reported.

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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