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Mugshot/court video Lance Storz

Lance Storz is the 49-year-old Allen, Kentucky, man who is accused of shooting two law enforcement officers and a police K-9 to death.

Five other police officers and an Emergency Management Director were wounded, according to Lex18.

Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt told WSAZ-TV that several officers were taken to different hospitals and the shooting “involves multiple victims from different agencies.

“As reported earlier by different news media outlets, a deadly shooting has taken place tonight,” the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department wrote on its Twitter page. “An official statement from Sheriff will be released later. But for now he wants to thank everyone for your concern, texts, phone calls and most importantly your prayers. He asks that you please continue to pray for all of the men and women involved and the families who have suffered loss.”

Here’s what you need to know:

1. The Shooting Occurred as Deputies Tried to Serve a Warrant on Storz

TwitterLance Storz

The sheriff told the television station that the shooting occurred as deputies were trying to serve a “court-issued warrant,” and the suspect opened fire and then barricaded himself. The officers’ conditions are not yet clear. WOWKtv reported that Floyd County deputies are among the victims.

“@ATFLouisville’s Ashland and London Offices are responding to a shooting scene and armed barricaded person in Floyd County, Kentucky. @kystatepolice is the point of contact and will release more information as it becomes available,” the ATF’s Louisville office wrote on Twitter.

Storz was arraigned on the morning of July 1, 2022, according to online court records for Kentucky.

Jail booking records show he is accused of 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.

2. Storz Has Previous Ties to Florida, Washington State & Oregon

@ATFLouisville’s Ashland and London Offices are responding to a shooting scene and armed barricaded person in Floyd County, Kentucky. @kystatepolice is the point of contact and will release more information as it becomes available. pic.twitter.com/8ljyvRMz8x

— ATF Louisville (@ATFLouisville) July 1, 2022

Online records show that Storz has past ties to Oregon. An old LinkedIn page from Vancouver, Washington, in the name Lance Storz declared Storz the “owner at underworld.” That appears to be a trucking company.

His full name is Lance Preston Storz. He has previous addresses in Florida, Washington State, and Oregon.

Hodgenville Police Department wrote on Facebook, “Reports out of Floud County KY say multiple law enforcement officers have been shot and the scene is still active. Please pray for our brothers tonight as they will surely need them.”

The Magoffin County Sheriff’s Department wrote, “Our hearts are heavy tonight. We would like to ask that you please pray for our fellow law enforcement officers and first responders who are dealing with the critical situation in Allen. Each day when an officer goes out, he never knows if he is going to make it back home. These are special people with a desire to put others lives ahead of their own. Please lift them up…they need you right now!”

3. People in Allen Posted Videos Showing the Massive Law Enforcement Response

People who live in the area posted videos to Facebook showing the massive law enforcement response.

Helicopters were flying overhead. The suspect’s name and motive have not yet been released. The shooting broke out in the evening of June 30, 2022.

4. Witnesses Said Storz Started Shooting at an Ambulance

The current scene in Allen, KY, where Floyd Co. Sheriff confirmed one officer was shot and killed last night. Several other officers were injured during the shootout. @LEX18News pic.twitter.com/j8WbiDJmo6

— Evelyn Schultz (@EvelynSchultzTV) July 1, 2022

There were unconfirmed reports of a hostage situation. Fox Lexington reported that witnesses say the suspect started shooting at an ambulance when police surrounded his home around 5 p.m.

WMDJ radio wrote on Facebook, “WMDJ has confirmed that at least one, possibly three different people have been shot. The shooter has barricaded himself inside a home in Old Allen which has resulted in a HOSTAGE SITUATION. The incident began after 4 p.m. as a domestic dispute.”

The post continued,

“Kentucky State Police, the Floyd County Sheriffs Department and emergency personnel are currently on the scene in the city of Allen in response to an active shooting incident. KY Route 1428 between Citizens Bank of KY and Allen curve is currently closed at this time. The incident is reportedly on Main Street at this time.”

5. A Local Radio Manager Expressed Shock, Calling Allen ‘a Quiet Little Community’

The radio’s station manager Dale McKinney told Fox Lexington: “It’s just, it’s really unbelievable. It is something that goes on away from here. This is a quiet little community. Like I said with our radio station we are probably I think just, I think four miles to there.”

He added: “It is very unsettling and we have talked to many people and the fact that it is still unresolved and the thing that comes to your mind about, if and I use the word if, this hostage, these hostages are still in there and it is this man has randomly shot three people already you wonder what the situation is with the hostages inside the house.”

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Washingtons Largest County Fails to Meet Goals After Spending over $230 Million in Taxpayer Dollars on Homeless Housing

by Laurel Duggan

 

King County, Seattle, has poured $230 million into homeless housing projects in the area since 2020, but half of those properties are vacant and they have yet to meet even half their goal of housing 1,600 homeless people, according to The Seattle Times.

In Ballard the City of Seattle is starting to clear the second homeless tent encampment in as many days. At least 12 people surviving in tents here will be forced to move despite there not being enough housing or shelter space available in Seattle. pic.twitter.com/1itLP9xXAa

— Casey Martin (@caseyworks) April 15, 2022

The county is still buying up hotels and apartment buildings with funding from a special property sales tax passed in 2020 in order to house the homeless, according to The Seattle Times. The county is currently purchasing a 35-unit apartment building in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood to house queer, transgender, black, Native people and other people of color in order to meet equity goals: 7% of the county population is black and so is one quarter of the homeless population.

“That’s within our initiative to annually reduce racial disproportionality within chronic homeless communities,” Mario Williams-Sweet, a major initiatives manager for King County, told the outlet.

King County expects to pay another $25,000 annually for the operational costs of each unit, according to The Seattle Times.

County leaders also recently proposed a 500-person homeless megaplex in Seattle’s Chinatown, sparking outrage among locals. The facility is projected to cost $66.5 million dollars to build and $22 million per year to operate.

King County did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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Laurel Duggan is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.
Photo “Homeless Tents” by Brett Sayles.

 

 

 

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