Two officers dead, suspect arrested in ambush of police (videos)


A second police officer has died Saturday, resulting from a Friday night shooting, when they were ambushed by three suspects in Kissimmee, Florida.

Friday evening, Officer Matthew Baxter called for help about 9:30 p.m. regarding three males reportedly suspected of drug activity.

Officer Sam Howard responded to his call to assist him. Authorities say the men opened fire on the officers before they even had a chance to respond.

Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O’Dell said at a news conference Friday night that it appeared the officers were ambushed.

CBS News reported that the officers were checking out three suspects, when a fourth opened fire on them.

Officer Baxter, a three-year veteran of the police force, died from his injuries soon after the shooting Friday night, and Officer Howard, a 10-year veteran, died Saturday afternoon.

The shooter, identified as Everett Miller, 45, a Marine veteran, was reportedly arrested several hours later. The Kissimmee Police stated in a Twitter message, “Suspect will be transported to the Osceola County Jail in Officer Baxter’s handcuffs ~Chief O’Dell.”

Miller will be charged with first-degree murder.

Friday was a deadly night for police, as two other officers were injured just hours later in Jacksonville, Florida, when a shooter shot one officer in the hands and the other in the stomach. The shooter was killed when police returned fire.

Also, in Pennsylvania, two state troopers are hospitalized after being shot outside a store just south of Pittsburgh.

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