KSP investigating tragic shootings, officer deaths in Floyd County

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The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) continues to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at approximately 6:44 p.m. EST in Floyd County.

The preliminary investigation has determined three law enforcement officers and one K-9 have been pronounced deceased after sustaining injuries from Thursday night’s officer-involved shooting.

  • Captain Ralph Frasure, a thirty-nine-year law enforcement veteran who served with PPD since 1983.
  • Deputy William Petry, a thirty-one-year law enforcement veteran who served two years with FCSO, fifteen years with KSP, and fourteen years with Prestonsburg Police Department (PPD). 
  • Officer Jacob Chaffins, a three-year law enforcement veteran who served the PPD since 2019.
  • K-9 Drago, a German Shepherd drug detection canine, a six-year veteran with FCSO.

“This is another hard morning for Kentucky as we mourn the loss of three brave officers and a K-9 who gave their lives while protecting the people of Floyd County,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Britainy and I ask the commonwealth to join us in praying for the family and loved ones of Captain Ralph Frasure, Deputy William Petry and Officer Jacob Chaffins. Let us stand together in honoring these heroes and their sacrifice, and pray for a full recovery for those injured. “

Four other law enforcement officers received injuries; two of which remain in the hospital in stable condition and one officer was treated and released. Additionally, one civilian was injured during the incident and is receiving medical care at a hospital.

The investigation into the incident remains ongoing.