Kissimmee PD searching for witnesses in officer shooting

Woody’s Bar-B-Q of Winter Haven will hold a fundraiser for the families of the two Kissimmee police officers who were killed in the line of duty.

Howard, 36, and Baxter, 27, were shot August 18 in the McLaren Circle area of Kissimmee.

The two died in a possible ambush while responding to a call complaining of questionable activity on Cypress Street, Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O’Dell told the New York Times. Baxter was pronounced dead Friday night and Howard died on Saturday afternoon at Osceola Regional Medical Center.

The service was at First Baptist Church of Orlando Thursday morning.

Downtown business owners have hung blue ribbons and installed blue lights to show their support for law enforcement officers. At least 20 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the fallen officers’ families.

“As a small town, having been so close to us hearing something like that happen, of course it hurts”, said Breeze Whiskey Lounge owner Nadine Rodriguez. It is scheduled from 8 p.m.to 8:30 p.m.

Then on Thursday night, there will be a candlelight vigil held at the same intersection. Again from 6 to 10 p.m., there will be vendors, raffles, music and more.

This is the heartwarming moment dozens of Florida police officers come together to celebrate the birthday of a fallen cop’s daughter.

In lieu of flowers, the Kissimmee Police Department is asking for donations to the officers’ families through the SunTrust account set up by the City of Kissimmee.

As an honor guard escorted the caskets, a dispatcher’s voice carried over loudspeakers: “Sgt. Sam Howard and Officer Mathew Baxter are out of service on this date, August 24, of 2017”.

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