Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains deploy to Allen, Kentucky, after deadly shootout with police

BG-RRT Press Kit

Chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) have deployed to Allen, Kentucky, after a deadly shootout involving law enforcement. Police say the incident happened Thursday, June 30, around 6:30 p.m. and stemmed from a domestic violence situation. Deputies responded to the suspect’s home to serve an emergency protection order when the suspect suddenly opened fire. Two officers and a K-9 dog have been killed, five others have been injured and the suspect, 49-year-old Lance Storz, was taken into custody.

“Law enforcement in Floyd County has suffered a tragic loss. Our hearts are heavy to hear about this deadly incident in Allen, Kentucky,” said Josh Holland, international director of the BG-RRT. “We are sending our crisis-trained chaplains to comfort people, listen and grieve with them, pray with them and share God’s love with those who have been impacted by this horrific tragedy.”

BG-RRT chaplains are now serving in three locations. Besides Allen, Kentucky, crisis-trained chaplains are serving in Fort Wayne, Indiana, after a derecho swept through the area. They are also ministering in Mora, New Mexico, after intense wildfires burned more than 312,000 acres.

For more information on the ministry, including videos, photos, news articles and an interactive map of former and current deployments, visit the BG-RRT press kit or BillyGraham.org/RRT. Updates can also be found at Facebook.com/RRTChaplains.

For more information on the ministry, including videos, photos, news articles and an interactive map of former and current deployments, visit the BG-RRT press kit or BillyGraham.org/RRT. Updates can also be found at Facebook.com/RRTChaplains.

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The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was developed by Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It has since grown into an international network of chaplains in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia who are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. They have deployed to more than 550 disaster sites across the globe, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.

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