Arraignment date set for Floyd Co. man accused of murdering police officers, K9
FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Update 07/12/2022: Lance Storz appeared virtually in front of a Floyd County Circuit Court judge Tuesday morning.
Monday afternoon, a grand jury indicted Storz on 20 charges ranging from assault, wanton endangerment and murder.
His arraignment is set for August 1 at 1:00 p.m.
The indictment alleges Storz attempted to commit murder when he shot at the following officers: Prestonsburg Police Officer Keith Duncan, Floyd County Deputy Darrin Lawson, Floyd County Deputy Chris Hall, Floyd County Deputy Dusty Newsome, member of Kentucky State Police Billy Ball and Constable Gary Wolfe.
Storz faces assault in the first degree for the injuries Floyd County Deputy Darrin Lawson and Joe Reynolds sustained after being shot June 30.
Storz faces wanton endangerment by shooting at the following officers: Prestonsburg Police Officer Keagan Williams, Prestonsburg Police Officer Dennis Hutchinson, Kentucky State Police Officer Bailey Combs, Kentucky State Police Officer Michael McKinney, Floyd County Deputy Adam Dixon, Constable Gary Nelson and Joe Reynolds.
The indictment states Storz ‘committed the offense of assault on a service animal when he intentionally killed Floyd County K-9 Officer Drago by shooting him.
The charge related to domestic violence stems from events leading up to the mass shooting June 30.
Original Story 07/11/2022:
The man accused of murdering three police officers, a police K9 and injuring several others in the Allen Community of Floyd County on June 30 was indicted Monday.
Lance Storz was originally scheduled to appear in Floyd County District Court at 1:30 p.m. for a preliminary hearing.
Instead, an indictment was handed down, with Storz facing 20 charges, including assault, wanton endangerment and murder.
“I was in the mixed of all the gunfire and, you know, I saw a lot of people who were trying to help others,” said Floyd County Attorney Keith Bartley. “Saw a lot of people who were simply trying not to be shot, including myself.”
State police said officers went to execute a domestic violence order when Storz began firing a high-powered rifle at law enforcement in a shootout that lasted several hours.
Reporters asked Floyd County Commonwealth’s Attorney Brent Turner if the death penalty was on the table. He said cases must meet certain criteria.
“Some of those include more than one victim,” Turner said. “Which, you know, would potentially have here and death of a police officer.”
“The impact not just on three people he murdered, and make no doubt there’s no question about his guilt,” said Bartley. “He’s admitted his guilt, there’s no question about that.”
Turner said Storz’s case is eligible for consideration to seek the death penalty. He said his office is considering it.
“Make a decision based on the evidence, discussions with the family,” he said. “We’re not going to rush out and make a decision on it any different than we would any other case, even though I understand the public’s sentiment.”
His first court appearance was July 1st, in which a not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf.
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