2 officers shot in Kissimmee, Florida, in possible ‘ambush’ attack
Dozens of police are sweeping the area after the two Kissimmee police officers were shot in the area of Palmway and Cypress streets. One of them succumbed to his injuries, while the 2nd remains in grave condition, authorities told local media.
Officers Howard and Baxter were shot when they responded to a call, the Kissimmee police chief told reporters, adding, “Looks as though it may have been an ambush.”
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
No further details were immediately available around the circumstances of the fatal shooting.
Two suspects in the shooting were arrested but a third one might be on the run, a police source told WFTV.
Approaching the scene. I see many law enforcement lights. A stretch of OBT has been shut down pic.twitter.com/LcsauuMVtS— Ty Russell (@TRussellWFTV) August 19, 2017
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs confirmed the two Kissimmee officers had died, offering condolences to their families and friends.