Second officer dies in Florida police shooting

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Two Florida police officers are dead following a shooting Friday night, Kissimmee police said on its Facebook page.

Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard died Saturday afternoon, a day after Officer Matthew Baxter died at the scene of a shooting in the central Florida city near Orlando.

Earlier Police Chief Jeff O’Dell said Everett Glenn Miller, 45, had been charged with first-degree murder in Baxter’s killing.

The officers approached Miller and two other men before 9:30 p.m. Friday. Within minutes, gunfire erupted, surprising the officers, who were not able to return fire, O’Dell said.

“Officers immediately responded to the area and found two of their fallen brothers gravely injured on the roadway,” O’Dell said.

Baxter, a three-year veteran of the Kissimmee Police Department, was pronounced dead.

Miller is the only one charged of three people the police questioned, the chief said. He also faces charges of carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest.

O’Dell said he was found at a bar and had a 9 mm pistol and a .22-caliber revolver.

Condolences from Trump, governor

Following the news of the shooting, President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the @KissimmeePolice and their loved ones. We are with you!” the President said.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott described Baxter as a husband, a father and a hero.

“Heartbroken to hear loss of @kissimmeepolice officer Matthew Baxter. Praying for a quick recovery for officer in critical condition,” Scott tweeted.

Kissimmee is about 20 miles south of Orlando.

Other officer shootings

Two officers in Jacksonville were also injured Friday. When officers arrived in response to an attempted suicide call, they encountered a man armed with a high-powered rifle and exchanged gunfire, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Director Mike Bruno said.

One officer was struck in both hands, while the other was hit in his stomach, Bruno said. The suspect, who was also injured, died after being taken to a local hospital, he said.

And in Pennsylvania, two state troopers were shot late Friday, said Melinda Bondarenka, a spokeswoman with the Pennsylvania State Police.

29 comments

  • El Ma

    SO incongruous the animosity towards these black officers who died in the line of duty. Anyone taking notice of this? There is such a tremendous amount of wailing and gnashing of teeth by the black youth about being targeted by law enforcement, and then there’s this pair of black officers that are posthumously ridiculed by that same population for BEING officers.

    Police and law enforcement generally have the well-being of the public, in mind. In fact, they are required to protect ANTIFA, BLM, OR neo-Nazis (what a misnomer) if they have a permit to assemble. Here, these officers were involved in a bust in an effort to help put a dent in the illegal activities, and they’re vilified because they were cops.

    Dreadful. Simply dreadful.

  • vernonp

    This is all on Obama, the atmosphere he created and the BLM movement.
    But you won’t hear that from mainstream media.

    • Lance

      Think about it when you are in an accident the first to arrive is the police. When your property is stolen, you or someone you care about is attacked. Who would be there? To stop a nut with a gun who may hurt you or your family who is there? Think about the cops that do the job and not some group who would step over you lying in the street because you are not the color that matters to them.

      • confused

        But if I’m surrounded by BLM thugs they will beat me because they are thugs. If I’m surrounded by cops they will also beat me because they are thugs. I still don’t know what to do. I appreciate your advice though, unfortunately I’m still confused.

      • confused

        I have tried to die before. I failed. I was told that anyone who fails at suicide is a full-blown loser. Should I try suicide by cop or should I run down through Carey street in Wilkesbarre yelling out ni##er? Either way should be a guaranteed suicide right?

  • Lance

    Where is the reaponse from a BLM leader? Condemning the violence against cops. I dont see that spread over the news. They jumped on the President for not be specific on the groups in Charlottesville. But what about this? Every white person that holds a sign for black lives matter should realize that it doesn’t pertain to you. You are defending a racist movement

    • Easy Biscuit

      you moron. they were black. who were they being RACIST against? idiot. you are one nasty cog in this machinery of hate and disrespect and you use that word RACIST to describe anything that anyone says or does that you don’t like. frigging boneheaded prat

  • Policedontdoshit

    I don’t feel sorry for these so call cops. They knew what job they were getting into. Ohh well life goes on. Police don’t do shit anymore! Next story!

    • Easy Biscuit

      you’re another piece of broken machinery. you aren’t witty, smart, or even humorous. you’e an imbecile and too stupid to even be ashamed of your own condition

  • Fredric

    Help please!!

    Kindly tie in the events of the President Trump and Governor’s tweet, the regretful and painful deaths of two Florida cops and two PA troopers being shot?

    I don’t see any connection. Could this must article must be a ratings building thing on the pain and suffering of these fine officers and their families? I hope not.

  • Fredric

    Bill M,

    Kindly tie in the events of the President Trump and Governor’s tweet, the regretful and painful deaths of two Florida cops and two PA troopers being shot?

    I don’t see any connection. Could this must article must be a ratings building thing on the pain and suffering of these fine officers and their families? I hope not.

  • Teaching is fundamental

    My deepest condolences to the families and friends of these officers.

    I hope the episodes in Florida and PA were just anomalies and not a new trend. Seriously, it wouldn’t surprise me.

    Stay frosty, Blue men and women – be safe, use your heads, and watch your sixes.

      • Teaching is fundamental

        I have compassion which you clearly lack. Your world must be an empty, cold, and lonely place, and I pity you.

      • Teaching is fundamental

        Are you a f&cktard in real life, too, or just behind the anonymity of a computer screen? Your an internet troll that definitely needs a life beyond what you are, right now: pitiful.

      • Ban Assault Monuments

        You dont grieve anything except when you run out of Doritos and Mt Dew after your mommy cuts off your WiFi access you Brony neck beard basement dwelling jerk

      • El Ma

        SOMEBODYNEEDSALIFE……….yes, you certainly do. You need to get a job, deal with your porn addiction, shave your neck, burn your hideous trilby, and pay your own way for a while so that you can generate an educated comment, you cretin.

  • think positive

    It used to be uncommon to hear of a police officer getting shot. Now, it’s becoming more common every day. This is a sign of the times, that many people have no respect for anything, including the law. It’s no wonder there is more police brutality. I’m not saying that police brutality is a good thing, but their lives are becoming more threatened daily. Next step will be martial law, and then these punks won’t get away with anything.
    I’m glad the officers will be okay, and that one more useless and dangerous criminal is off the streets.

    • think positive

      I apologize, I posted my previous post in the wrong news article. These officers lost their lives in the line of duty. Condolences to their loved ones. What is this world coming to? Something needs to change.

      • WarningFakeNews

        Abusive practices of cops in the past which were given the wink of approval by the “polite society” cannot be condoned anymore for a very practical reason- the prevalence of video cameras which are cheap and small and plentiful; and the high cost of settling or losing lawsuits.

        These devices are outing the abusers of authority so effectively, it has some cops quaking in the boots. If you think cops are afraid of guns, you ought to see how they react when they are being recorded, which is ironic. They use license plate readers to check hundreds of plates a minute, have cameras themselves- but many of them are in abject fear of being recorded. Why?

      • El Ma

        WARNINGFAKENEWS, those cameras are implemented for two reasons: to validate the fair/correct policies of a suspect, and to validate the fair/correct responses of the officers. They capture what happens, as it happens, and it can often exonerate someone from any wrongdoing rather than that individual spending the rest of their career having someone’s ulterior motives hovering over their heads until they retire.

        Not all cops are “bad,” and this diatribe suggests that you probably had a bad experience with a law enforcement officer. I have had my own bad experiences, but they aren’t all alike.

      • WarningFakeNews

        No broad brush here, and I’m merely stating that cameras are making it more difficult to get away with abuse and they are also making it far more expensive for the communities which, in the past, turned a blind eye to it.

        I’d rather have an abusive officer be found out and fired than have him or her get killed, or the community I live in get sued successfully because they pretended it doesn’t happen. Let the good cops remain, and reward them for honoring their oath.

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