6 Police Officers Shot in Florida and Pennsylvania, 2 Killed and 4 Wounded

Six police officers were shot, two fatally, in three separate incidents in Florida and Pennsylvania late Friday, officials said.

Two officers were shot in Kissimmee around 9:30 p.m., just south of the theme park hub of Orlando, central Florida. They both later died from their wounds.

In Jacksonville, two officers were critically wounded in a shoot-out, while two state troopers were also shot in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

In Kissimmee, officers Sam Howard and Matthew Baxter were checking suspects in an area of the city for drug activity when they were shot, Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O’Dell said at a news conference. They did not have an opportunity to return fire.

“They were surprised,” O’Dell said. When asked whether they were ambushed, he said, “It’s too early to tell, but it’s leading that way.”

Baxter, a three-year veteran of the department, died later at a hospital Friday. The 27-year-old was married to another officer and father to four young children.

Howard, a 10-year veteran, died from his wounds Saturday afternoon, the department said.

Police have arrested and charged suspect Everett Glenn Miller, 45, with first degree murder in connection with Baxter’s murder. Additional charges were not immediately announced.

“There may have been some type of scuffle, ending in the shooting that took Officer Baxter’s life,” O’Dell said. He added that Miller does not seem to have an extensive criminal history.




Image: The victim in a shooting, Officer Matthew Baxter, that took place in Friday, Aug. 18. 2017, in Kissimmee, Florida.

The victim in a shooting, Officer Matthew Baxter, that took place in Friday, Aug. 18. 2017, in Kissimmee, Florida.