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    FOX 13 Tampa Headlines

    Kissimmee police officer fatally shot, another 'gravely' injured

    Two Kissimmee Police Department officers were shot, one fatally, Friday evening.

    The Chief of the Kissimmee Police Department said Officer Matthew Baxter, a 3-year veteran of the department, was shot and killed Friday.

    Sergeant Sam Howard, a 10-year veteran of the department, was shot and was "gravely" injured.

    It all started when the two went to check a call about a suspicious person in the area of Palmway Street and Cypress Street at 9:27 p.m. Friday. At 9:32, a call came in that the officers had been shot, the chief of police said.

    Responding officers found the two injured officers in the roadway and called for more help.

    Since the shooting, three suspects were brought into police custody and were being interviewed. Another suspect was still being sought by officers.

    Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs called the shooting death of a Kissimmee Police Department officer a "heartbreaking loss" Friday evening.

    Heartbreaking loss of two of Kissimmee's finest officers. Please join in prayers for families, friends, and law enforcement.

    -- Mayor Teresa Jacobs (@Mayor_Jacobs) August 19, 2017

    News also began to come in just before midnight Saturday that two officers were also shot in Jacksonville.

    Governor Rick Scott sent his condolences Friday evening.

    Our law enforcement officers are true heroes and we will miss these brave Floridians. https://t.co/YZWZCYDKip

    -- Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) August 19, 2017 KPD reporting two officers shot in the area of palmway and cypress. Media staging area at Stapkesvon Main Street.

    -- Kissimmee Police (@kissimmeepolice) August 19, 2017 More

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