Lance Storz, Accused Allen Shooter: Important Quick Facts
Lance Storz, 49, of Allen, Kentucky, is accused of shooting and killing three law enforcement officers and a police dog.
According to Lex18, five other police officers and a director of emergency management were wounded.
Captain Ralph Frasure of the Prestonsburg Police Department and Deputy Will Petry of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office were recognized as the deceased cops. Additionally, Officer Jacob Chaffins has perished.
Here you can find a homage to Frasure. Here is an homage to Petry. The name of the dog was Drago.
Sheriff John Hunt of Floyd County told WSAZ-TV that numerous police were sent to different hospitals and that the shooting “included casualties from multiple agencies.”
“As previously reported by several news sites, a fatal shooting has occurred tonight,” the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department posted on Twitter. Sheriff’s official statement will be released later. However, he wishes to express his gratitude for everyone’s concern, texts, phone calls, and most importantly, prayers. He requests that you continue to pray for all those affected and for the families who have endured loss.”
Here is what you should know:
The Sheriff asserts that the officers encountered “pure hell”
Sheriff John Hunt stated in a courthouse interview with WSAZ that the shooting was “planned” and that cops “encountered utter carnage” when they arrived. They were hopeless.”
According to Hunt, they attempted to serve an emergency protection order in a domestic issue. As they approached, Storz opened fire.
“When the deputies issued a call for assistance, the responding agencies approached the line of fire without knowing where the fire was originating from. “We were there for hours before figuring out where the sound was coming from,” said Hunt.
The suspect fired shots before barricading himself. The conditions of the remaining officers are unclear. WOWK reported that deputies from Floyd County are among the victims.
“The Ashland and London Offices of @ATFLouisville are responding to a shooting and barricaded individual in Floyd County, Kentucky. ATF’s Louisville office tweeted that @kystatepolice is the point of contact and will disclose more information as it becomes available.
According to Kentucky’s online court records, Storz was arraigned on July 1, 2022, in the morning.
He is charged with two counts of murdering a police officer, five counts of attempted murder of a police officer, one case of attempted murder, and one count of first-degree assault on a service animal, according to booking records from the jail.
Storz had previous ties to the states of Florida, Washington, and Oregon.
According to online data, Storz had previous ties to Oregon. An former LinkedIn page for Lance Storz from Vancouver, Washington, identified him as “owner at underworld.” It looks like a transportation firm.
His whole given name is Lance Preston Storz. His prior residences were in Florida, Washington, and Oregon. According to online court records in Volusia County, Florida, he was previously charged with attempting to shoot a migrating bird with a shotgun. In one state, a woman filed an emergency order for child pickup against him. In 2008, the same woman filed a protective order against him in that county. In 1997, in this county, a case for eviction and damages was brought against him.
The Hodgenville Police Department posted on Facebook, “According to reports from Floyd County, Kentucky, many law enforcement officers have been shot, and the scene remains active.” Please pray for our guys tonight, as they will certainly require your support.”
“Our hearts are heavy tonight,” wrote the Magoffin County Sheriff’s Department. We would want to request that you pray for our fellow law enforcement officers and first responders in Allen, who are dealing with a dire situation. When a cop leaves the station each day, he never knows if he will return home. These are exceptional individuals that prioritize the lives of others before their own. Please support them in their time of need!”
Storz, who had two prior bankruptcies, is accused of using multiple weapons, including a rifle, during the rampage.
According to federal court documents, Storz declared bankruptcy in Oregon and Florida in 2015 and 2008, respectively. According to his most recent bankruptcy filing, he had more than $400,000 in liabilities but only $2,600 in assets. Among his limited assets were a Chevy Astro vehicle and fishing poles.
At the time, he had a 1-year-old daughter and two sons, ages 13 and 15.
Residents of the area uploaded footage to Facebook depicting the massive police response. There were helicopters overhead. The shooting occurred in the evening of 30 June 2022.
Storz is charged with using a rifle, but Floyd County Attorney Keith Bartley told WSAZ that the suspect employed a variety of firearms.
In a joint interview with the sheriff, Bartley told a television station, “There is no doubt that this was a mass massacre.” “When I pulled into this region and saw that it was a war zone, you were talking about individuals in fatigues, with body armor, night vision, and assault rifles. If this is not a battle zone, I do not know what is.
Bartley stated that there was “ample ammunition,” as well as “several caliber firearms.” Some small caliber, some huge caliber, and some firing at extremely high velocity. Actually, very rapid firing.”
A police officer hid for hours beneath a car to avoid being shot.
According to Bartley’s interview with WSAZ, one officer is suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning because he spent hours hiding beneath a car to avoid being shot. The deceased police K-9 was in the vehicle when it was shot.
“There is a special spot in hell for such people. And if there isn’t, there should be,” Bartley said.
WMDJ radio posted on Facebook, “WMDJ has confirmed that at least one person, and maybe three, have been shot. The shooter has holed himself inside a residence in Old Allen, leading to a HOSTAGE SITUATION. The incident began as a domestic disagreement after 4 p.m.
“The Kentucky State Police, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department, and emergency services are now responding to a shooting incident in the city of Allen. KY Route 1428 is temporarily closed between Citizens Bank of KY and Allen curve. Currently, the incident is apparently on Main Street.”
Storz’s wife, who had accused him of rape, just informed him that she had found an apartment.
According to WSAZ, Storz’s wife and child were placed in a safe house after he allegedly held them captive in his home and was accused of rape and sodomy, refusing to allow his wife leave after she told him she had secured an apartment.
Witnesses told Fox Lexington that the guy opened fire on an ambulance when police surrounded his residence at 5 p.m.
Dale McKinney, manager of the radio station, told Fox Lexington, “It’s simply unbelievable. It is something that occurs elsewhere. This is a small, peaceful community. As previously said, our radio station is located approximately four miles away.
He added, “It is very unsettling, we have spoken to many people, and the situation is still unresolved. If, and I use the word if, this hostage, these hostages are still in the house, and this man has already randomly shot three people, you wonder what the situation is with the hostages inside the house.”