LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Multiple law enforcement officers were reportedly shot in southeastern Kentucky on Thursday, and a suspect is in custody.
ATF Louisville said agencies were responding to a shooting scene and armed person barricading themselves inside a home.
@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
Kentucky State Police were called to the scene at 6:30 pm to help officers on a report of shots fired, KSP Trooper Matt Gayheart said. When they arrived, it turned into an active shooter situation, he said.
The shooter has since been taken into custody. When asked about reports that officers were in hospitals, Gayheart said “We do have injuries, but at this time, that status will not be released.”
Gayheart said more information could be released Friday morning.
Law enforcement groups posted on social media Thursday night asking for prayers for officers on scene in the small town of Allen, in Floyd County, Kentucky, which is about 35 miles northeast of Hazard, Kentucky.
In a Facebook post, the Hodgenville Police Department said “Reports out of Floyd 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.”
Tonight I ask the commonwealth to join Britainy and I in holding Floyd County in prayer, especially the family and loved ones of those who have responded to a barricade situation involving a shooting. ^AB
— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) July 1, 2022
Louisville nonprofit Supporting Heroes said in a Facebook post that multiple officers had been shot in the line of duty.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of law enforcement in southeastern Kentucky and their families as multiple officers have been shot in the line of duty,” Supporting Heroes said. “Multiple air medical and ground ambulances are en route to the community of Allen, Kentucky.”
The Magoffin County Sheriff’s Department also shared their support on Facebook, saying “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,” the post continued. “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.”
KSP is handling the investigation.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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