Ralph Frasure: Tribute to the Prestonsburg Police Captain

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Facebook Captain Ralph Frasure

Captain Ralph Frasure of the Prestonsburg Police Department is one of the three law enforcement officers who lost their lives, along with a police K9, to an active shooter in Allen, Kentucky.

Frasure was a 39-year veteran of law enforcement who was remembered as a wonderful person and hero. Frasure’s daughter wrote an emotional tribute on Facebook, praising him as a man who “loved his family like no other.”

“You watch media about shootings and think it’s never gonna happen here. Evil has reached our county. An evil evil man took my daddies life today,” Stacy Frasure McGuire wrote on Facebook. “I know I should forgive but how do I do that? My daddy was a great man who loved his family like no other. None of this seems real. Please keep us in ur prayers as well as the other officers and their families.”

A friend wrote on her comment thread, “One of the greatest men I ever knew. We love him so much. So sorry for your immeasurable loss!”

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

The deceased law enforcement officers were identified as Frasure of the Prestonsburg Police Department and Deputy Will Petry of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office. Officer Jacob Chaffins also died.

The slain K9 was named Drago, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

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Officer Down Memorial PageK9 Drago

“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. The department wrote that the sheriff wanted “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.”

The City of Prestonburg declared the officers heroes on Facebook, writing, “RETURNING HEROS. We can confirm that our [heroes] Captain Ralph Frasure and Deputy William Petry are returning from Frankfort toward Martin via Kentucky 114, US 23 and Kentucky 80. They have been on the road for about thirty minutes if you would like to come out and show your respects. ”

Here’s what you need to know:


Frasure Wrote That He Was ‘Proud to Be an American & a Christian’ on Facebook

On Facebook, Frasure said he worked at the Prestonsburg Police Department, went to Heritage Junior – Senior High School, lived in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, and was married.

Frasure revealed on Facebook that his father was a police officer in Prestonsburg and elsewhere.

In 2019, he wrote on Facebook, “There is only one Messiah and his name is Jesus Christ, lets see who’s not afraid to post this!” Many of his posts on Facebook were either about Christianity, policing, or his family.

He also shared a graphic that read, “Dear God, please take care of my children. I love them so much.” In another post, he urged people to support law enforcement.

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He shared a graphic that read, “I’m proud to be an ‘American’ & a ‘Christian’ bet no one passes this on because they are scared to admit they are too.”


Frasure & Petry Were Remembered as ‘Two Truly Wonderful Men’

Tributes flowed for the fallen officers on social media. Brandy Broce posted a collage of photos as tribute to all of the fallen and wounded and wrote:

The City of Prestonsburg wishes to thank everyone for the show of support and community outpouring of love. We will hold our fellow employees up with the reverence they deserve. We have lost a long-time friend and a 39-year veteran of Law Enforcement in Floyd County, Ralph Frasure, who has left so many loved ones. Another officer, Jacob Chaffins, just beginning a career in Law Enforcement, is currently in the hospital with a grieving young wife and daughter. We also hold up our first responder friends in EMS and the Floyd County Sheriff’s office who were there in the fray, protecting the public from such a coward. We will try to keep the public aware as things are developing.

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A woman wrote on Facebook,

The devastation in my hometown late yesterday evening has truly devastated alot of us, heart broken and a loss of words, we have lost 2 truly wonderful men in our community…They protected us daily from evil in this world, but evil decided to take them from their families and us…..please pray for the families of William Petry and Ralph Frasure and our community as we all go through these trying days….Continue prayers for another whom I know as well 🙏🏻

Another person wrote, “Ralph Frasure was a wonderful man! He will be missed bad. This is so sad.”

“I am so sorry!! Ralph was one of the kindest hearted people I know. He made a huge impact, not only at the school but in this community. He will never be forgotten. Prayers for all of the family!” a person wrote on Frasure’s daughter’s comment thread.


The Officers ‘Encountered Pure Hell,’ the Sheriff Says

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TwitterLance Storz

In an interview with WSAZ at the courthouse, Sheriff John Hunt said the shooting was “planned” and that officers “encountered pure hell when they arrived. They had no chance.”

They were trying to serve an emergency protection order in a domestic situation, according to Hunt. When they arrived, Storz opened fire.

“When the deputies put out the call for help, the responding agencies, I guess, just entered the line of fire without even knowing where it was coming from. We were there for hours before we even knew where it was coming from,” said Hunt.

The suspect opened fire and then barricaded himself. The surviving officers’ conditions are not 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.

The suspect, Lance 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.

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!”

Storz is accused of using a rifle, but Floyd County Attorney Keith Bartley told WSAZ the suspect used multiple weapons.

“There is no question this was a mass shooting,” Bartley told the television station in a joint interview with the sheriff. “When I saw it was a war zone, when I pulled into this area, you are talking about people in fatigues, people with body armor, people with night vision, people with assault weapons. If that’s not a war zone, I don’t know what is.”

Bartley said there was “lots of ammunition,” including “different caliber weapons. Smaller caliber, some large caliber, some shooting at extreme velocities. Ya know, very quick shooting.”

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