Six officers shot, two fatally, in two states Friday night

Posted at 9:29 PM, Aug 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-19 15:32:45-04

(KGTV) -- Six officers were shot, two of them fatally, in two states Friday night.

The first shooting took place in Kissimmee, Fla. where Florida authorities say two Kissimmee police officers were shot.

The Kissimmee Police Department said via its official Twitter site Friday night that Sergeant Sam Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter were shot in the area of Palmway and Cypress. Officer Baxter died from his injuries. Sgt. Howard was transported to the hopsital in "grave condition" Saturday. He later died from his injuries, Kissimmee Police said on Facebook.

"I am so proud of the sworn and civilian members of our Department by acting quickly to identify the suspect and bring him to justice. We will mourn over the next few days?.we will get through this and we love them for what they do," Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O'Dell said in a statement.

The suspected shooter is in custody, according to police.

Later that night The governor also took to Twitter, confirming the deaths.

Later the same night, authorities in Northern Florida confirmed two officers were shot in Jacksonville, Fla., just before 11 p.m.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said on its official Twitter site that two police officers were shot in the west side of the city, while responding to a suicide call.

The Sheriff's Office later tweeted:

"Two police officers shot: If you are inclined to do so, say a prayer for our two #)JSO officers that have been shot."

As officers approached the home, the suspect began shooting at officers through the front door using a "high-powered rifle." During the gunfire, the suspect was shot several times and transported to a nearby hospital, where they died.

One officer was struck in both hands and another was hit in the stomach by the suspect's rifle rounds. Those officers are in critical and stable condition, according to Jacksonville Police.

Three other people in the home at the time were uninjured.

In Fairchance, Pennsylvania, two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were shot, officials said. One trooper has non-life threatening injuries; the other has unknown injuries. The suspect is dead, according to information gathered by our ABC Affiliate in Los Angeles.