Police officers killed or injured in Florida & Pennsylvania shootings

Three separate and unrelated shooting incidents in Pennsylvania and Florida left five law enforcement officers injured and one dead.

The officers were responding to suspected drug activity reports of a suicide attempt, and serving a warrant.

One police officer was killed and three others were wounded in nighttime shootings in two Florida cities.

Three of four suspects in the Kissimmee shooting were arrested after one officer was killed and another gravely injured late Friday night in Kissimmee, Florida.

Two other officers were shot and injured early Saturday morning in a separate incident about 165 miles north, in Jacksonville, Florida, where the shooter killed by police who returned fire.

In Kissimmee, Officer Matthew Baxter, a 3-year veteran of the department, was killed, and Sgt. Sam Howard, a 10-year veteran, was in “grave critical condition,” Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O’Dell said at a news conference. They did not have an opportunity to return fire.

Mike Bruno of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office told reporters that officers responded to an “attempted suicide call” at a home around 11 p.m.  , where a suspect fired a high-powered rifle through the door then went outside and exchanged gunshots with the officers.

Two Pennsylvania state troopers were shot as they were serving a warrant in Fairchance, Fayette County, in southwest Pennsylvania on the border with West Virginia and Maryland.

The suspect in that third separate incident was killed after he reportedly reached into his backpack, pulled out a gun and started shooting as he was stopped by the troopers.

One of the Pennsylvania troopers was airlifted from the scene to a hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia, and the other was transported by an ambulance. Both were stable and alert.

 

 


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