‘When they arrived, they had no chance’ | 3 officers, K-9 killed in Kentucky

Three officers and one K-9 officer were killed and multiple others were injured, as well as a medical first responder, according to police.
Published: Jul. 1, 2022 at 8:43 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 4, 2022 at 1:05 AM EDT
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FLOYD CO., Ky. (WVLT) - Officers from multiple agencies were shot at while trying to serve an arrest warrant for a domestic abuse situation in Floyd County, Kentucky, according to officials.

Three officers and one K-9 officer were killed and multiple others were injured, as well as a medical first responder, according to police.

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Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt said that the suspect seemed to have a plan and described what the responding officers went through.

“When they arrived, they had no chance,” said Hunt. “This guy had what seemed to be a plan. He pretty much executed that plan almost to precision. Thank God we were at least able to have some survive at the end, to be honest with you. For the ones that were there, they lived in pure hell for some time and it wasn’t good.”

Hunt said one deputy hid under his car for two hours and his K-9, Drago, was killed when bullets went through the car. Drago was a German Shephard drug detection dog and was with the FCSO for six years.

One woman, Tammy Conn, told sister station WKYT that she heard the gunshots and knew who Drago was.

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“He was just so sweet, and the entire county was just so proud of him,” Conn said.

One of the officers killed, Captain Ralph Frasure, was with the Prestonsburg Police Department for 39 years. He was also a school resource officer at Prestonsburg High School. Principal Ricky Thacker said Frasure had a daughter who attended the school and said that it would be tough when school returns from summer break without him being there.

“A phenomenal human being,” Thacker said. “An advocate for our students. The relationship and the report that he built with our students and our faculty here at the high school is irreplaceable.”

Another officer, Floyd County Deputy William Petry, retired from the Kentucky State Police but returned to help the sheriff’s office.

Officials with the KSP said that Petry had 31 years of total service. He started in 1991 with the Prestonsburg Police Department where he remained until 2005. From 2005 to 2020, he served with KSP and then transferred to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department. He was also the Martin City Fire Chief.

The third officer who died was K-9 Handler Jacob R. Chaffins, according to officials with the City of Prestonsburg Police Department. Chaffins was a 3-year veteran with the PPD.

Canine Handler Jacob R. Chaffins, Badge No. 533 End of Watch: July 1, 2022

You have dedicated your short time on this earth to the service of the citizens of Prestonsburg and the Commonwealth as an EMT, Fire Fighter, and Police Officer. You further dedicated yourself to the security of our country as a valiant soldier.

The lives you’ve saved since you even started policing are innumerable, and that’s how you gave your life - saving another. We will shine your light to Paisley and the world so long as we breathe.

Rest yourself, we have the watch.

City of Prestonsburg Police Department

Officials with KSP said three other officers were injured; two are in stable condition, and one was treated and released.

Hunt identified two of those officers as Deputy Darrin Lawson and Constable Gary Wolfe.

The Floyd Co. Emergency Management Director Joe Reynolds was also injured when he responded to the scene and received treatment at a hospital.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear posted a statement on Facebook to mark the tragedy:

This is another hard morning for Kentucky as we mourn the loss of three brave officers and a K-9 who gave their lives while protecting the people of Floyd County. Britainy and I ask the commonwealth to join us in praying for the family and loved ones of Captain Ralph Frasure, Deputy William Petry and Officer Jacob Chaffins. Let us stand together in honoring these heroes and their sacrifice, and pray for a full recovery for those injured. ^AB

Gov. Andy Beshear

Officials identified the shooter as Lance Storz, 49, from Allen. He was taken into custody, and his bond was set at $10 million in a court appearance Friday.

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