Friday, 19 August, 2022

3 cops among six killed in US shootings

HALTOM CITY: Six people including three police officers have been killed and eight others injured in two separate gun violence in North Texas and Kentucky of the United States, report agencies.

Three police officers were shot dead and five wounded in the US state of Kentucky while trying to serve a warrant on a man accused of domestic violence.

Police took 49-year-old Lance Storz into custody late Thursday night after a 3-hour long standoff at a home in Allen, a small town in the hills of Appalachia with a population of just 166.

An emergency management official was also injured and a police dog, K9 Drago, was killed, according to the arrest citation.

The officers who died in the shooting late on Thursday have been named as Capt Ralph Frasure, Deputy William Petry and dog handler Jacob Chaffins.

Capt Frasure had been with the Prestonsburg, Kentucky, Police Department for 39 years. The department said he had served "with honor and glory up until the last second".

The men ran into a barrage of gunfire from a rifle when they went to the house on Main Street shortly before 19:00 local time (midnight GMT).

The shooting continued for nearly three hours before suspect Lance Storz was taken into custody, having surrendered after negotiations involving members of his family.

He has been charged with two counts of murdering a police officer, five counts of attempted murder of a police officer, one count of attempted murder and one count of first-degree assault on a service animal.

Kentucky State Police troopers are leading an investigation into the shooting.In latest gun violence on Saturday, a gunman killed two people and wounded four others, including three police officers, before taking his own life in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of North Texas.

Haltom City Police Det Matt Spillane said early Sunday that all of those wounded in the shooting in a residential neighbourhood had non-life threatening injuries and were expected to recover.

Spillane said the officers returned fire after being shot at while responding to a report of gunshots at a home around 6:45 pm. One officer was hit in both legs, and the other two officers were shot in the arm.

The suspect died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

He said the Texas Rangers — the state’s elite police force — would be taking over the investigation. A motive for the shooting was not immediately clear.

“The main focus is on how and why this happened,” Spillane told The Associated Press.

A woman was found dead inside a house and a man was found dead outside, Sgt. Rick Alexander told WFAA-TV, speaking at a press conference late Saturday. The older adult woman who had initially called 911 was wounded, he said.

The suspect was found with a “military-style rifle” and a handgun, Alexander said.