Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
August 19, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

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Attorney General Bondi’s Statement on the Loss of Officer Baxter and the Wounding of Other Florida Police Officers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi released the following statement regarding last night’s police shootings:

“Late last night, I spoke to Kissimmee Police Chief O’Dell after learning of the murder of Officer Matt Baxter and the shooting of Sergeant Sam Howard, who was gravely injured. We ask everyone to continue praying for the families of the Kissimmee officers as well as Officers Michael Fox and Kevin Jarrell of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office who were also shot in the line of duty last night.

"This horrific violence against law enforcement will not be tolerated, and as Attorney General I will continue to ensure those who commit violence against our law enforcement officers are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

"Our thoughts and prayers are also with the two Pennsylvania Highway Patrol Troopers who were shot Friday night. Brave men and women throughout our country risk their lives each day to protect us and keep our children safe, and as a country we must do everything we can to support them.”