Authorities were investigating a shooting Friday that left at least one dead and several others injured after Kentucky police attempted to issue a warrant Thursday night, officials said.
While Kentucky State Police could not confirm any deaths Thursday night in the Allen community, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department said “a deadly shooting took place tonight.”
An official statement from Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt will be released later, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.
“But for now, he wants to thank everyone for your concern, your texts, your phone calls and most of all your prayers,” the sheriff’s department said in the post. “He asks that you please continue to pray for all the men and women involved and the families who have suffered loss.”
Hunt told NBC affiliate WSAZ of Huntington, West Virginia, that deputies were trying to serve a court-issued warrant and the suspect opened fire.
Earlier Thursday, Governor Andy Beshear called it a barricade situation and asked for prayers.
“Tonight I ask the Commonwealth to join Britainy and me in holding Floyd County in prayer, especially the family and loved ones of those who responded to a barricade situation involving a shooting,” tweeted Beshear.
The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also said it was responding to a shooting scene and an armed and barricaded person.
The suspect is in custody and there is no threat to the public, Kentucky State Trooper Matt Gayheart told reporters at the scene.
The identity of the person taken into custody has not been revealed. Gayheart said he did not know if the person, whom he called the shooter, was shot or otherwise injured.
WSAZ reported that the suspect faces multiple charges, including two counts of murdering a police officer and an additional count of murdering another person. He is also accused of assaulting a service animal.
NBC News has not confirmed these details.
State police were called to assist law enforcement around 6:30 p.m. to a report of gunshots, he said.
“They answered here. This situation turned into an active shooter,” Gayheart said. He said “it was a very active scene when we arrived”.
Allen is a small community of 182 people in eastern Kentucky, about 25 miles from the West Virginia border, according to census data.
Kurt Chirbas contributed.