3 officers killed, several hurt in mass shooting

A 49-year-old man, who is in detention, is accused of killing three Kentucky police officers and injuring a number of others in a shooting spree at his home.

Jacob R. Chaffins, a canine handler, passed away on Friday, according to a Facebook post from the City of Prestonburg Police Department.

"As an EMT, firefighter, and police officer, you have committed your brief existence on this planet to serving the residents of Prestonsburg and the Commonwealth.

As a brave soldier, you further committed yourself to ensuring the safety of our nation, the message said.

"Since you first began police, you have saved countless lives, and that is how you gave your life: by saving someone else's. As long as we are able, we shall shed your light on Paisley and the rest of the world. Take a break; we'll keep watch."

The sheriff's office named Deputy William Petry and Prestonsburg Police Capt. Ralph Frasure as the other two dead policemen.

According to Kentucky State Police, the shooting started at approximately 6:44 p.m. local time on Thursday in Floyd County. Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky described it as a "barricade situation."

An arrest report claims that Lance Storz, who was carrying a rifle, opened fire on nearby police officers, killing two of them as well as a police K9.

Despite state police reporting that just four officers and one citizen were hurt, the arrest report stated that five additional cops and an emergency management director had been hurt.

The governor tweeted on Friday, "Floyd County and our heroic first responders suffered a heartbreaking loss last night." "I want to ask Kentucky as a whole to pray with me for this neighbourhood. For our Commonwealth, this morning has been difficult."

Storz is being held on several accusations, including the attempted and murder of a police officer. He entered a not guilty plea and is being jailed under a bail of $10 million. The next court date for Storz is July 11.