Three Police Officers Killed In "Pure Hell" Shooting In Kentucky

Three US police officers have been shot dead in the state of Kentucky while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a man accused of domestic violence. The incident lasted for several hours before 49-year-old Lance Storz surrendered to police.

Lance Storz Kentucky
Lance Storz was arrested after a stand-off that lasted hours

49-year-old Lance Storz was taken into police custody after the shooting that resulted in the death of three officers.

Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt said the officers had faced "pure hell" when they arrived at the suspects' property.

The officers that were killed on Thursday have been named as Captain Ralph Frasure, Deputy William Petry, and dog handler Jacob Chaffins.

The dog Mr Chaffins handled, K9 Drago, was also killed.

Captain Frasure had served with the Prestonsburg Kentucky Police Department for 39 years. In a statement, his department said that he had served "with honor and glory up until the last second".

The officers came under heavy gunfire from a rifle when they entered the home of Lance Storz on Main Street just before 19:00 local time.

Wreaths were placed on police vehicles as a tribute to the fallen officers
Wreaths were placed on police vehicles as a tribute to the fallen officers

The shooting continued for almost three hours before Storz surrendered to police following negotiations involving members of his family.

Storz has been charged with two counts of murdering a police officer, five counts of attempted murder of a police officer, one count of attempted murder, and one count of first-degree assault on a service animal.

Andy Beshear, Kentucky state governor said: "This is a tough morning for our commonwealth. "Floyd County and our brave first responders suffered a tragic loss last night."

The investigation into the shooting is being led by Kentucky State Police.

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