ALLEN, Ky. (FOX 56) – The community of Allen is shaken after a Thursday night shooting left multiple people injured or dead.
Authorities said five other officers were also injured and a K-9 deputy was also pronounced dead at the scene after a suspect opened fire in what Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt called an “ambush.”
There is no word on the conditions of the five additional officers being treated for injuries at this time.
Two neighbors talked to FOX 56 about what they saw Thursday.
One neighbor who lives in this house you see here behind me says that he heard a loud ‘boom’ and it’s what drew him out here last night on Main Street where he said he witnessed most of the shooting that lasted hours.
“It was like a ‘BOOM!’ It sounded like someone knocked a grill out or something,” said Allen resident Charles Conn.
Charles told FOX 56 he was on the corner of Main Street with his son and neighbor when a Kentucky State Police Trooper pulled up to the scene.
“He opened up on him, I mean he was shooting at him, 30 times at that cop,” said Charles.
He said gunfire continued for a while until he noticed the fire truck next to him.
“There’s a bullet hole in the glass,” he said, and then he said it got worse.
“He (a firefighter) got shot right there behind those rose bushes. When he went down, that’s when we all went in the house.”
“I couldn’t believe it,” he said.
Allen resident Tammy said she was on the phone with her niece who lives next to Lance Storz.
“She was speaking to me on her cellphone on the floor”,” she said. “We heard shots, sporadic gunfire all evening from 6:30 to around 8 or 8:30.”
Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton has been spending the entire day setting up grief counseling in Prestonsburg at the Mountain Arts Center.