By Sandy Malone and Holly Matkin
Allen, KY – Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputy William Petry was murdered by a gunman during an incident the sheriff described as “pure hell” on Thursday night.
Floyd County Sheriff’s K9 Drago was also fatally shot during the incident that began as deputies tried to serve a domestic violence order on Railroad Street in Allen at about 5 p.m. on June 30, WCHS reported.
Local officials said on Friday that the investigation stemmed from an alleged sexual assault, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
The sheriff said 49-year-old Lance Storz seemed to be waiting for the deputies to arrive.
Storz barricaded himself inside a residence after the initial attack and engaged in a gunfight with law enforcement officers from multiple agencies that responded to the scene to assist.
Sheriff Hunt called the mass shooting a “planned event.”
“When the deputies put out the call for help, the responding agencies, I guess, just entered the line of fire without even knowing where it was coming from,” the sheriff explained. “We were there for hours before we even knew where it was coming from.”
“He was a sheer terrorist,” Sheriff Hunt told reporters.
Storz was ultimately taken into custody alive and charged with multiple counts of murder, attempted murder of a police officer, and assault on a service animal, WCHS reported.
He was held on a $10 million cash bond.
Additional charges are expected, WCHS reported.
Prestonsburg Police Captain Ralph Frasure was also murdered by Storz.
Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt confirmed the identities of the fallen heroes in a social media post and invited the community to show its support along the officers’ routes to their respective funeral homes.
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
Kentucky State Police (KSP) said four more officers were wounded during the standoff.
Rookie Prestonsburg Police Officer Jacob Chaffins remains in “grave” condition at the hospital, according to the city.
“Jacob Chaffins, just beginning a career in Law Enforcement, is currently in the hospital with a grieving young wife and daughter,” the post to Facebook read.
Two other officers remained in the hospital in stable condition and one of the wounded heroes was treated and released, WLEX reported.
An emergency management director who was shot during the incident was also still in the hospital receiving treatment.
2 officers and K9 killed, other offices injured in Eastern
😢RIP Captain Ralph Frasure, Prestonsburg PD
Deputy William Petry and K9 Drago, Floyd Co Sheriff🇺🇸💙https://t.co/Zw7YUI1pvC#BackTheBlue #ThinBlueLine #dog #K9 #police #WaronDrugs #OPLive #OnPatrolLive pic.twitter.com/qhYN61Qx91
— On Patrol K9 (@OnPatrolK9) July 1, 2022
Floyd County and our brave first responders suffered a tragic loss last night. I want to ask all of Kentucky to join me in praying for this community. This is a tough morning for our commonwealth. ^AB
— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) July 1, 2022
Our condolences go out to the @floyd_sheriff and the family and friends of Deputy Sheriff William Petry who, along with Captain Ralph Frasure and K-9 Drago, was shot and killed while attempting to serve warrants and a protective order. #LODD #EOW pic.twitter.com/vSexUTEZnO
— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) July 1, 2022
Here are Deputy William Petry, Captain Ralph Frazier, and K9 Drago. They were all killed last night. pic.twitter.com/2lgxJUVft2
— Sean Moody (@SeanMoodyNews) July 1, 2022
EKY lost a great man last night but heaven gained him (way too soon for his family and community). RIP KSP (ret) William Petry. I worked with him but my best memories were talking to him at the golf course when our sons played. Kind, nice humble man. Tragic loss!
— John Kevin Holbrook (@kevinholbrook67) July 1, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputy William Petry and K9 Drago, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Deputy William Petry and K9 Drago, your lives mattered.