‘This guy seemed to have a plan’: Sheriff, Attorney shares information about Floyd County shooting

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Published: Jul. 1, 2022 at 12:16 PM EDT
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FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - On Thursday, the small Allen community of Floyd County was rocked by a shooting that injured at least six and killed two law enforcement officers.

On Friday morning, Lance Storz, 49, of Allen, appeared in court at the Floyd County Justice Center via video conference from the Pike County Detention Center, where he is being held. Following the short hearing, Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt and County Attorney Keith Bartley shared more information about the shooting.

“This guy seemed to have a plan,” said Sheriff Hunt, “and he pretty much executed that plan almost to precision.”

Both Sheriff Hunt and Bartley were not aware of any previous criminal history, but nobody knew what to expect when Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at Storz’s home to serve an emergency protective order during an active domestic violence case.

“He was new to this area, based upon information provided to us by locals in the Allen community, so we don’t have a lot of information about Storz,” said Bartley.

Sheriff Hunt added that multiple weapons of multiple calibers were used during the shooting.

“For the ones that were there, they lived in pure hell for some time,” said Sheriff Hunt. “He was a sheer terrorist. I mean, he was just a terrorist with a mission and he was out to succeed at that.”

Bartley also said there was a “special place in hell for people like (Storz)”, but wants others to remember these officers, not just by a badge number or uniform, but as folks their families, and entire communities will miss.

“It’s not a police officer shot, multiple police officers in this case,” said Bartley, through tears. “These are human beings. These are people with children, spouses, and moms, and dads, and their world will never be the same.”

Sheriff Hunt added that the situation was never a “hostage” situation with Storz’s wife or child.

Bartley added that both Storz’s wife and child are in a safe place and are both healthy, but declined to comment further on the domestic violence investigation.

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