Prayers are pouring in for police departments across the country after a violent Friday night saw six police officers shot in shootings in Pennsylvania and Florida.
Two officers with the Kissimmee Police Department in Florida were shot at around 9:30 p.m.
The names of the officers have been confirmed as Sergeant Sam Howard, a 10-year veteran and Officer Matthew Baxter a 3-year veteran. Baxter was fatally shot and Howard is in ‘grave critical condition,’ according to Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O’Dell.
Police were called to the area to investigate a suspicious incident. As the officers arrived and began speaking with three people, a fourth person emerged and fired at police, authorities said. O’Dell said three people are in custody, but a fourth remains at large. Authorities say it does not appear that either officer was able to return fire.
O’Dell told reporters that one of the officers is married to a fellow officer of the Kissimmee Police Department.
Kissimmee police said it has been 25 years since an officer died in the line of duty.
Chief O’Dell corrected earlier reports and tweets from government officials that said both officers had died.