Suspect charged in slaying of Florida police officer and gravely wounding another

Florida authorities say two Kissimmee police officers have been shot.

Officer Matthew Baxter was killed in Kissimmee when he and his partner, Sgt. Sam Howard, responded "to a suspicious activity call just before 9:30 pm Friday".

The officers did not return fire.

Baxter was the first Kissimmee Police Department officer to be killed in the line of duty in more than 25 years, O'Dell said Saturday morning.

One of the officers, Matthew Baxter, 27, died of his injuries shortly after. "It's too early to tell" O'Dell said when asked if it was an ambush, but added "it's leading that way".

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President Trump tweeted early Saturday that his thoughts and prayers were with the Kissimmee Police Department.

Neither officer has been identified, but both were men, sources said.

At least two people were taken into custody and police are looking for a third suspect.

A suspect "began shooting through the door at the officers", using a "high-powered rifle", then went outside and exchanged gunfire with the officers, Bruno said.

Miller, who had recently been involuntarily committed by the Osceola County Sheriff's Office for a mental evaluation, had made threats against police on Facebook, O'Dell said.

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The next shooting took place in Jacksonville, Florida where two other officers wer shot and wounded while responding to an attempted suicide call. Please join in prayers for families, friends, and law enforcement. While the condition of one of the officers was stable, the other one was said to be critical, reports said.

The two officers shot in Pennsylvania are in stable condition.

In Pennsylvania, two troopers were shot and a suspect killed after an incident near a store on West Church Street, Fairchance, Fayette County, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Melinda Bondarenka said in a statement.

Officers fired back, wounding a suspect who died at the hospital. The officers' names are not being released at this time.

There is no word on if authorities suspect the shootings to be connected.

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