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Chief of Police Jeff O'Dell
Kissimmee Police Department
8 North Stewart Ave
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: (407) 847-0176
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On Friday, August 18th, Officer Matthew Baxter and Sergeant Richard “Sam” Howard of the Kissimmee (FL) Police Department were both shot when they responded to investigate a report of suspicious activity. Officer Matthew Baxter died as a result of gunfire that night and Sergeant Baxter, who was also severely wounded, died the following day. Officer Baxter was the 29th officer to shot and killed in 2017, and the fifth officer from the State of Florida. A suspect was taken into custody shortly after the shooting.