20 August, 2017
One police officer is dead and another in grave condition after a shooting in Kissimmee, Florida.
"At this point I'd ask you to please keep the men and women of the Kissimmee Police Department, the families of the fallen officers, the law enforcement personnel in the central Florida area in your thoughts and prayers", he added. While the condition of one of the officers was stable, the other one was said to be critical, reports said.
"It appeared as though they were astounded", O'Dell said.
Kissimmee Police Chief Jeffrey O'Dell expected to address the media in the next 15 minutes.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted he was heartbroken by the news of Baxter's death and was praying for a quick recovery for Howard.
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He engaged in a gun battle with the officers and shot one of them in his hands and another officer in the stomach. He was identified as Officer Matthew Baxter, a 3-year police veteran who is a father of three and who is married to another officer on the force. Two of the suspects are dead. The attack on Howard and Baxter was launched in such a way that neither officer had an opportunity to return fire. Osceola County Commissioner Fred Hawkins Jr. confirmed that both officers died. Lt. Debra Clayton, a 17-year veteran of the Orlando Police Department, was killed in a gunfight in the Wal-Mart parking lot while attempting to arrest Markeith Loyd, a suspect in the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon.
Police arrested three people following the shooting, and are searching for a fourth person.
The three people inside the house who weren't the suspect were not injured.
"We often talk about the inherent dangers of police work".
According to Uniontown Hospital spokesperson Josh Krysak, one of the injured troopers was brought there for treatment.
The New York Daily News said that two troopers were shot during an incident outside of a supermarket in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Both were stable and alert, officials said.