FLORIDA/PENNSYLVANIA – It was a bloody night for American law enforcement. Two officers were shot in Kissimmee, Florida, one fatal. In unrelated crimes, two officers were shot in Jacksonville, Florida, and two state troopers were wounded by gunfire in Pennsylvania.
Three people were in custody Friday night, including a “strong suspect,” after one police officer was fatally shot and another suffered grave injuries in Kissimmee, south of Orlando, reported Fox News.
At a press briefing, Police Chief Jeff O’Dell said police Officer Matthew Baxter succumbed to his wounds, and Officer Sam Howard was in critical condition, but the “prognosis does not look good,” O’Dell said.
Initial reports said both officers had died.
The two officers were investigating a report of a suspicious person just before 9:30 p.m. A short time later Kissimmee police received a 9-1-1 call saying the officers had been shot, O’dell said.
The shootings occurred in the area of Palmway and Cypress. This area is known for a high level of narcotic activity according to the chief.
It appears the officers were “surprised” as they did not return fire. Reporters asked the chief if that meant they were ambushed. He said, “It’s too early to tell, but it’s leading that way.”
Only one of the suspects was believed to have been armed, the chief said.
Both officers are husbands, and have children. Baxter is married to another Kissimmee police officer.
President Donald Trump took to Twitter to express his condolences.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2017
More LEO blood was shed as two police officers were shot Friday night in Jacksonville, Florida and two state troopers were wounded by gunfire in Pennsylvania.
A unit of four to five Jacksonville police officers responded to an attempted suicide call late Friday evening. As officers approached the house, the suspect started shooting through a doorway, seriously injuring two officers, Jacksonville police said at a media briefing.
The suspect was shot, and later died at a hospital, police tweeted.
In Pennsylvania, both state troopers were in stable condition and the suspect was killed, authorities said. A press briefing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
The shootings are not related, authorities said.
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