Floyd County man charged with murder in shooting that killed officers, sheriff gives emotional account

Posted at 12:32 PM, Jul 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-01 19:18:22-04

FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt and Floyd County Attorney Keith Bartley gave an emotional account of the shooting that killed two officers and a police dog. They spoke with reporters outside the courtroom after Lance Storz was arraigned in Floyd County District Court

Storz is the man who was taken into custody following a deadly shootout with law enforcement Thursday night in Allen.

The shootout resulted in the death of at least two officers and a police K9.

"Those people were not just police officers. That gets lost a lot of time in the media, across the country," said county attorney Keith Bartley.

"You hear about something happening in another state and you think 'a police officer's shot', but it's not a police officer shot or multiple police officers in this case," said Bartley. "These are human beings. These are people with children, spouses, and mom and dads….and their world will never be the same."

Bartley described the scene as a "war zone."

"There were injuries other than gunshots," said Floyd County Sheriff Josh Hunt. "One deputy laid under a vehicle for hours, as gunshot went ringing over his head."

"And actually at one time the car that he was under took a barrage of bullets and shot the canine dog in the backseat while this gentleman was under that car," said Hunt. He identified the dog that was shot and killed as "Drago."

Storz faces charges of attempted murder, two counts of murder of a police officer (one of which was attempted), and first-degree assault on a service animal.

A judge entered a not guilty plea to all accounts during the arraignment and appointed him a public defender. A cash bond is set at $10 million and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 11.