Dead and Another Police Kissimmee Officer Injured At Central Florida

Aug 20, 2017, 00:49
Dead and Another Police Kissimmee Officer Injured At Central Florida

Three suspects are in custody after one Kissimmee Police Department officer was shot to death and another was in grave condition Friday.

Two policemen have died after six law enforcement officers were shot in three different US cities on Friday night, their respective agencies have confirmed. When the two officers arrived, while speaking to three individuals at the scene, a fourth person emerged from inside the home and opened fire. Police said Howard and Baxter didn't return gunfire.

Sam Howard (left) and Matthew Baxter (right). Baxter is married to another Kissimmee police officer.

Kissimmee Police Chief Jeffrey O'Dell expected to address the media in the next 15 minutes.

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President Trump tweeted early Saturday about the shooting, posting "we are with you!" On reaching the place, the officers heard gunfire shots.

The police are yet to release the names of all the suspects involved in all three shootings that are believed to be unrelated. The suspect was shot during the exchange and later died at the hospital.

Osceola County Sheriff's Office detectives found Miller at 11:30 p.m. Friday, at Roscoe's Bar & Packaging, 2344 N Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee, the chief said.

Almost 165 miles north of Kissimmee in Jacksonville, two other police officers were shot on the city's West Side.

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Mayor Jose Alvarez said in a statement: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of our fallen officer, Matthew Baxter who lost his life in the line of duty". Kissimmee is located south of the theme park hub of Orlando, Florida. According to JSO Director Mike Bruno, one of the officers was shot in stomach while the other one was shot in the hand, reports said.

One police officer was killed and five others were shot during a blood bath that stretched across the East Coast on Friday night.

The two officers shot in Pennsylvania are in stable condition. One officer is reported to be in critical condition, while the other is in stable condition.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the officers were dispatched for an attempted suicide call.

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The Kissimmee incident was among a string of police shootings Friday night in Florida and Pennsylvania in which six officers were shot.

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