Total of 6 officers shot in Florida, Pennsylvania – Trending Stuff

Three people were in custody Friday night, including a strong suspect, following one police officer was fatally shot and another suffered grave injuries in Kissimmee, Fla., south of Orlando.

At a media briefing, Police Chief Jeff ODell said police Officer Matthew Baxter succumbed to his wounds, and Officer Sam Howard was in critical condition, but the prognosis does not look good, ODell stated.

Initial reports said both officers had expired.

The two officers were in the area of Palmway and Cypress, checking out a report of a suspicious person at approximately 9:27 p.m. Soon afterward, a 9-1-1 call came in, saying the officers were shot, ODell stated.

The area is known for high drug activity, the chief said.

ODell said the officers did not return fire, and it appears they were surprised.  

When asked by reporters if the officers were ambushed, ODell said, Its too early to tell, but it is leading like that.

One of the suspects was believed to have been armed, the chief said.

Both officers have kids, and are husbands. Baxter is married to a different Kissimmee police officer.

President Donald Trump chose to Twitter to express his condolences.

Also on Friday night, two police officers were shot in Jacksonville, Fla., and two state troopers were shot in Pennsylvania.

A unit of four to five Jacksonville police officers responded to an attempted suicide call Friday evening. As officers approached the house, the suspect started shooting through a door injuring two officers, Jacksonville authorities said in a media briefing.

The suspect was shot, and later died at a hospital, authorities tweeted.

In Pennsylvania, both state troopers were in stable condition and the suspect was killed, police said. A media briefing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

The shootings are not related, police said.

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