Shooting in Floyd County, Kentucky: Three officers dead

ALLEN, Ky. — A third police officer has died after a shootout in a small Eastern Kentucky town on Thursday evening.

The fatal shootings of two officers were announced the morning after the incident, but another officer who had been in critical condition succumbed to his injuries Friday night, Kentucky State Trooper Matt Gayheart confirmed. 

Jacob Chaffins, a patrolman for  Prestonsburg Police, died Friday, according to a social media post by the department. He was the canine handler for K9 officer Drago, who also was killed during the shootout.

Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputy William Petry, a former state trooper, and Prestonsburg Police Capt. Ralph Frasure, a 39-year law enforcement veteran, also died. 

“It’s a small community and not only did we lose a couple of great officers, but we also lost pillars of the community,” Gayheart said. “It’s going to take the community rallying around to get through it.” 

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