Gunman shoots one cop dead and critically wounds another in Florida – and four other officers are shot across the country in night of violence against law enforcement

Saturday, August 19, 2017
By Paul Martin

Kissimmee Officer Matthew Baxter, a three-year veteran, was killed on Friday
Fellow Kissimmee officer Sergeant Sam Howard is in ‘grave critical condition’
Three of the four suspects are in custody but one remains on the run, police said
Two officers were shot in Jacksonville, Florida, with one in critical condition
Two troopers shot in Fairchance, Pennsylvania were shot and in stable condition

19 August 2017

One police officer was killed and five others were shot during a blood bath that stretched across the East Coast on Friday night.

Officer Matthew Baxter, a three-year veteran, was killed while Sergeant Sam Howard was severely injured in Kissimmee, Florida.

Two other officers were shot two hours away in Jacksonville and another two cops were shot in Fairchance, Pennsylvania.

Kissimmee Police Department Chief Jeffrey O’Dell said Howard, who has been on the force for 10 years, was in ‘grave critical condition’ and his prognosis ‘does not look good’.

O’Dell suggested that the two officers were ambushed and did not return fire. He believes there was only one shooter.

Three out of four suspects believed to be involved in the shooting are currently in custody, O’Dell told NBC Miami. One remains at large.

O’Dell said during a press conference that there is no danger to the public.

He also revealed that Baxter was a father of three young children and had been married to another Kissimmee police officer.

O’Dell said Howard was also a father.

President Donald Trump was quick to comment on the shooting, tweeting that his thoughts and prayers were with ‘Kissimmee Police and their loved ones’.

‘We are with you!’ he added, including the hashtag #LESM.

Florida Governor Rick Scott also tweeted that he was ‘heartbroken’ to hear of the officer’s death.

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