After a shooting at a US police station, a third officer was killed when he tried to execute an Arrest warrant for a suspect in domestic violence.
Jacob Russell Chaffins was a veteran police dog handler and an army vet. He was rushed to hospital after the shooting in Kentucky, but did not survive. His department stated that he had died.
According to John Hunt, the local sheriff, officers had experienced “pure hell” while trying to serve a warrant issued by the court on Thursday night. Captain Ralph Frasure and deputy William Petry were also killed.
Mr Hunt said, “They had no chance.”
During the standoff at the property in Allen, five officers were injured and one of the police dogs, K9 Drago, died.
After hours of negotiations that involved his family members and Lance Storz, Mr Hunt stated that the suspect surrendered.
The 49-year old appeared in court Friday, where he pleaded guilty to not murder.
According to court papers, Storz fired multiple rounds at officers at the home of his residence with a rifle.
Kentucky Police Department called the officers who died heroes, claiming Captain Frasure was a 39-year veteran of law enforcement “with honour and glory until the last second when it came to the end that you didn’t go down without a fight”.
It paid tribute to officer Chaffins by adding: “The lives that you’ve saved from the start of policing have been innumerable. That’s how your life was given – saving another.”
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron stated that the officers who responded to the incident displayed “unimaginable heroism, sacrifice… in the faceof evil”.