One police officer of Kissimmee Police Department died Friday after he was shot at Mclaren Circle in the city. He was among the six police officers who were shot in three different cities in U.S. While two of the shootings took place at Kissimmee and Jacksonville in Florida, the third incident occurred at Fairchance in Pennsylvania, according to the respective agencies.
Two Kissimmee Police Department officers were shot on Friday at Mclaren Circle. According to Police Chief Jeff O’Dell, officer Matthew lost his life and Sgt. Sam Howard was in a critical condition, reports said. Kissimmee is located at around 23 kilometers (14 miles) south of Orlando, Florida.
According to the police, both the officers were responding to a 911 call at 9:30 p.m. EDT. They were checking for suspicious people involving drug activity. The police did not confirm if they were ambushed, Washington Post reported. They said the officers might not have got a change to shoot back.
“It breaks my heart to have to come speak to you tonight about another senseless tragedy. This is a tough time for each and every one of us,” Police Chief Jeff O’Dell was quoted in media reports. Police made two arrests in relation to the incident and were looking for a third suspect.
President Donald Trump too expressed grief over the incident on Twitter.
In another shooting in Florida, two officers were shot in Jacksonville during a gunfire exchange. While the condition of one of the officers was stable, the other one was said to be critical, reports said. One of the armed suspects was shot dead. According to JSO Director Mike Bruno, one of the officers was shot in stomach while the other one was shot in the hand, reports said.
At around 11:00 p.m. EDT, four to five officers responded to a call of attempted sucide at a home in Seaboard Avenue near Timuquana Road. On reaching the place, the officers heard gunfire shots. As they approached the house, the suspect started firing at them, after which they launched a counterattack, Bruno said.
While two officers were injured during the counterattack, the suspect was shot dead.
In a third incident at Fairchance, Pennsylvania, two state police troopers were shot at, however, their injuries were not life threatening. The suspect in the incident was also killed, ABC News reported.
“Two state troopers shot and [the] suspect is deceased," Pennsylvania State Police spokeswoman Melinda Bondarenka told the news outlet. "We are not releasing any more details at this time.”