Ky. deputy wounded in ambush shooting undergoes surgery to amputate leg

Three officers were killed after a man with a rifle opened fire on police attempting to serve a warrant in June

By Ashley Silver

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Floyd County deputy underwent surgery this week to amputate his leg due to injuries he suffered after a man opened fire with a high-powered rifle while deputies attempted to serve a warrant in June.

Three officers and a K-9 were killed – marking the deadliest police shooting in Kentucky history. Floyd County Deputy William Petry, Prestonsburg Police Department Captain Ralph Frasure, Prestonsburg Police Office Patrolman Jacob Chaffins and Floyd County K-9 Drago died from their injuries. Five other officers were wounded, including Floyd County deputy Darrin Lawson.

Lawson’s fiancé, Madyson Nunnery, shared a post about the deputy on social media after he underwent surgery, writing: “This decision wasn’t made lightly and ultimately, this is where we are.”

The post provides further information about Lawson’s condition, stating he will undergo an additional hospital stay, rehab and physical therapy, but will begin working with a prosthetic team soon, WYMT News reported.

“Although I will never understand why this happened, and I can ask the question over and over, I am able to find comfort in knowing that we have support,” Nunnery wrote. “Although this isn’t the outcome we hoped for during these challenging months, Darrin is still with us to tell his story and that alone is enough to keep us going. We will continue to adjust, we will make handicap modifications to our home and we will keep being strong.”

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