2 Kentucky police officers dead, others wounded after suspect with rifle opens fire

ALLEN, Ky. — Two police officers were killed and six others injured after a suspect with a rifle opened fire while authorities were serving a court-issued warrant Thursday evening in eastern Kentucky.

Among the injured were five officers and an emergency management director. A K-9 service dog was also killed in the shooting, according to court records.

Lance Storz, 49, of Allen, was charged by Kentucky State Police on Thursday with two counts of murdering a police officer, five counts of attempted murder of a police officer, one count of murder and first-degree assault on a service animal, court records show.

He appeared in Floyd District Court on Friday and was held in custody on $10 million bond. The case will be transferred to Floyd Circuit Court and has the potential to be charged as a capital case.

Jail records show Storz was booked early Friday.

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Officers were attempting to serve the warrant at Storz’s home when he opened fire with a rifle, according to the arrest citation. 

“They encountered pure hell,” said Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. “They had no chance.”

Hunt said the victims were taken to different hospitals. He told WYMT-TV the warrant was related to a domestic violence situation and that sheriff’s deputies were serving it.

Gov. Andy Beshear described the incident as “a barricade situation involving a shooting,” in a brief statement on Twitter.

Kentucky State Police said in a statement Friday that its critical incident response team is investigating the shooting.

The Associated Press and Courier Journal reporter Lucas Aulbach contributed.