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Two Kissimmee officers dead after shooting; suspect in custody

Two Kissimmee officers dead after shooting; suspect in custody

Kissimmee police have identified Everett Glenn Miller, 45, as the suspect in the fatal shooting of a police officer. Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Sam Howard were shot in a scuffle of some kind at about 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of Palmway and East Cypress streets, Chief Jeff O’Dell said. Baxter was killed in the shooting and Howard died Saturday afternoon, the Kissimmee Police Department said . Kissimmee Police said suspect who killed an officer was located at Roscoe's bar around 11:30pm. He was found with 2 guns on him.— Julie Salomone (@JSalomoneWFTV) August 19, 2017 O’Dell said Miller is a Marine veteran who was recently placed under the Baker Act by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.   We Mourn the Loss of Officer Matthew Baxter; Praying for Quick Recovery of All Other Officers: https://t.co/JSkjOgbDG0 pic.twitter.com/wftRiChNSa — Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) August 19, 2017 Timeline: 3 in custody after 1 Kissimmee officer shot to death, 1 critically injured, chief says Miller was found armed with two guns at Roscoe’s bar at about 11:30 p.m.  He was arrested and later charged with premeditated first-degree murder. Watch: 9 a.m. update on Kissimmee officer shooting Police said Miller will be taken to the Osceola County Jail in Baxter's handcuffs.  Suspect will be transported to the Osceola County Jail in Officer Baxter's handcuffs ~Chief O'Dell— Kissimmee Police (@kissimmeepolice) August 19, 2017 Although others were taken into custody after the shooting, no others are expected to be charged, O’Dell said. Kissimmee officer killed: Pres. Trump, community mourn fallen officer, 1 gravely injured Suspect Everett Glenn Miller charged with premeditated first degree murder for the death of Officer Baxter. He was located at Roscoe's bar. pic.twitter.com/RUpCLQ6ELQ — Julie Salomone (@JSalomoneWFTV) August 19, 2017

Two Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officers stable following shooting with armed suspect

Two Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officers stable following shooting with armed suspect

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams says two officers who were shot during a confrontation with an armed man on the westside late Friday are in stable condition but have a long road to recovery.  “I’m happy they’re still with us and I hope they recover”, said Williams who thanked the law enforcement community for the outpouring of support. At about 10:50pm Friday, officers responded to a home on Seaboard Avenue to a man who was making threats and fired a gun.  Three women were in the home: The suspect’s girlfriend, the girlfriend’s mother, and a friend of the family.  They were hiding in a bathroom to protect themselves.  We’ve also learned a 19-month-old baby was in another room in the home.  None of the four victims sustained injuries.  According to the Sheriff, seven officers arrived at the home and as they planned an approach they witnessed a man and woman out front in an argument.  Those two individuals went back inside the home, and moments later officers heard gunfire coming from inside.   “That is the point of time they decided to gain entry into the house to stop the suspect”, Williams said. The officers were encountered almost immediately inside the home by the suspect, and he opened fire on the officers.  'We’re talking about a gun battle within four or five feet of each other”, said Williams.  The suspect was shot twice by the officers and died.  He is identified as 25-year-old Derrick Rashard Brabham.  He had no criminal history, and according to the Sheriff, was armed with a 223 rifle.  Officer Michael Fox, an 11-year veteran, was struck when the rifle fire hit his gun. This was Fox’s second officer-involved shooting.  Officer Kevin Jarrell, a five-year veteran, was struck in the stomach under his protective vest.  The Sheriff says Jarrell is in stable condition and still has a long road back.  Williams says the suspect had been drinking all evening Friday, which escalated to arguments and eventually threats to kill other people in the home.  “We have a violent, alcohol-fueled domestic incident”, said Williams.  Williams thanked the Jacksonville community for the outpouring of support for the wounded officers.  

'Free speech rally' cut short after massive counterprotest

'Free speech rally' cut short after massive counterprotest

Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans converged Saturday on downtown Boston in a boisterous repudiation of white nationalism, dwarfing a small group of conservatives who cut short their planned 'free speech rally' a week after a gathering of hate groups led to bloodshed in Virginia. An estimated 15,000 counterprotesters marched through the city to historic Boston Common, where many gathered near a bandstand abandoned early by conservatives who had planned to deliver a series of speeches. Police vans later escorted the conservatives out of the area, and angry counterprotesters scuffled with armed officers trying to maintain order. Organizers of the midday event, billed as a 'Free Speech Rally,' have publicly distanced themselves from the neo-Nazis, white supremacists and others who fomented violence in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. A woman was killed at that Unite the Right rally, and scores of others were injured, when a car plowed into counterdemonstrators. Opponents feared that white nationalists might show up in Boston anyway, raising the specter of ugly confrontations in the first potentially large and racially charged gathering in a major U.S. city since Charlottesville. But only a few dozen conservatives turned out for the rally on historic Boston Common — in stark contrast to the estimated 15,000 counterprotesters — and the conservatives abruptly left early. One of the planned speakers of the conservative activist rally said the event 'fell apart.' Congressional candidate Samson Racioppi, who was among several slated to speak, told WCVB-TV that he didn't realize 'how unplanned of an event it was going to be.' Some counterprotesters dressed entirely in black and wore bandannas over their faces. They chanted anti-Nazi and anti-fascism slogans, and waved signs that said: 'Make Nazis Afraid Again,' ''Love your neighbor,' ''Resist fascism' and 'Hate never made U.S. great.' Others carried a large banner that read: 'SMASH WHITE SUPREMACY.' 'I came out today to show support for the black community and for all minority communities,' said Rockeem Robinson, 21, a youth counselor from Cambridge. He said he wasn't concerned about his personal safety because he felt more support on his side. Katie Griffiths, 48, a social worker also from Cambridge, who works with members of poor and minority communities, said she finds the hate and violence happening 'very scary.' 'I see poor people and people of color being scapegoated,' she said. 'Unlearned lessons can be repeated.' TV cameras showed a group of boisterous counterprotesters on the Common chasing a man with a Trump campaign banner and cap, shouting and swearing at him. But other counterprotesters intervened and helped the man safely over a fence into the area where the conservative rally was to be staged. Black-clad counterprotesters also grabbed an American flag out of an elderly woman's hands, and she stumbled and fell to the ground. Yet Saturday's showdown was mostly peaceable, and after demonstrators dispersed, a picnic atmosphere took over with stragglers tossing beach balls, banging on bongo drums and playing reggae music. The Boston Free Speech Coalition, which organized the event, said it has nothing to do with white nationalism or racism and its group is not affiliated with the Charlottesville rally organizers in any way. 'We are strictly about free speech,' the group said on its Facebook page. 'We denounce the politics of supremacy and violence.' Dating to 1634, Boston Common is the nation's oldest city park. The leafy downtown park is popular with locals and tourists and has been the scene of numerous rallies and protests for centuries. Rallies also were planned in cities across the country, including Dallas, Atlanta and New Orleans. Hundreds of people gathered at City Hall in Austin, Texas, Saturday morning, holding signs in support of racial equality. The Austin American-Statesmen reported organizers for the Rally Against White Supremacy estimated about 1,200 people were in attendance. ___ Associated Press writers Crystal Hill and William J. Kole contributed to this report.

Monday, August 21st will be the first full solar eclipse in nearly a century to stretch coast to coast. Max. viewing in Jacksonville will be 2:46 pm. Click here to see the latest on this phenomena.
Monday, August 21st will be the first full solar eclipse in nearly a century to stretch coast to coast. Max. viewing in Jacksonville will be 2:46 pm. Click here to see the latest on this phenomena.
Monday, August 21st will be the first full solar eclipse in nearly a century to stretch coast to coast. Max. viewing in Jacksonville will be 2:46 pm. Click here to see the latest on this phenomena.
Monday, August 21st will be the first full solar eclipse in nearly a century to stretch coast to coast. Max. viewing in Jacksonville will be 2:46 pm. Click here to see the latest on this phenomena.
Trump issues fresh warning to North Korea, says U.S. military is “locked and loaded”

President Donald Trump on Friday again warned North Korea not to attack American interests or allies, as Mr. Trump tweeted out photos of U.S. military forces on the Pacific island of Guam, aiming his remarks directly at the leader of the Pyongyang regime, Kim Jong Un, again saying that any military action by North Korea will meet with a swift and serious U.S. response.

“If he does anything with respect to Guam or any place else that is an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it, and regret it fast,” the President said in a Friday afternoon [More]