6 Police Officers Shot in Florida and Pennsylvania, 1 Killed and 5 Wounded

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.

Nearly 165 miles north of Kissimmee in Jacksonville, two other police officers were shot on the city’s West Side. Police say the shooting happened around 11:00 p.m.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says they were dispatched on an attempted suicide call. As officers approached the scene, gunfire could be heard from inside the home, at which point authorities decided to enter the residence.

The Sheriff’s Office says the suspect, armed with a high powered rifle, then shot through the home’s front door toward police, injuring one officer in both hands and another in their stomach. Officers exchanged gunfire and struck the suspect.

The two officers and the suspect were then transported to the hospital for treatment. The unidentified suspect was later pronounced deceased. One officer is reported to be in critical condition, while the other is in stable condition. The officers’ names are not being released at this time.

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