Three Kentucky cops and a police canine were killed and undoubtedly four different officials were harmed in a shootout at a home of what police called a “psychological militant on a mission.”
Spear Storz, 49, was arrested following a very nearly five hour deadlock with officials who had made an appearance at his entryway in rustic Prestonburg with a warrant for his capture in an aggressive behavior at home episode, as per reports.
Storz, who was equipped with a rifle, started shooting and hit two officials in the Thursday night occurrence, Kentucky State Police said.
Prestonburg Police Capt. Ralph Frasure and Deputy William Petry were killed, alongside K9 Nelson and Canine Handler Jacob Chaffins, specialists said.
The circumstance heightened rapidly, as Storz blockaded himself inside the home with his better half and girl and continued terminating at answering officials, cops said.
The deputies called for backup and several agencies responded, including state police, officers from neighboring counties and a SWAT team.
“They encountered … pure hell when they arrived. They had no chance,”
Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt told reporters. Deputies had not even made contact with the suspected shooter when the gunfire began, he noted.
The shooter apparently had a plan and
“pretty much executed that plan almost to precision,”
Hunt said, adding it took several hours to figure out where the gunman was firing from.
“(The suspect) was a sheer terrorist … he was just a terrorist on a mission,”
the sheriff said.
Floyd County Attorney Keith Bartley said Friday morning:
“These are human beings. These are people with children, spouses, moms and dads, their world will never be the same.”
The standoff ended with the suspect being taken into police custody, WMDJ reported. His wife and daughter were unharmed.
One deputy who took cover under a running patrol vehicle ended up with carbon monoxide poisoning.
Storz, who is in jail in Pike County, is next due in court July 11.