Police Officer Matthew Scott Baxter

Police Officer Matthew Scott Baxter

Kissimmee Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, August 18, 2017

Matthew Scott Baxter

Police Officer Matthew Baxter and Sergeant Sam Howard were shot and killed while responding to reports of three suspicious people in the area of Palmway Street and Cypress Street at approximately 9:30 pm.

They were speaking to the men when a scuffle ensued and both officers shot. Both were transported to Osceola Regional Medical Center where Officer Baxter was pronounced dead. Sergeant Howard passed away the following afternoon.

The subject who shot him was arrested approximately two hours after the shooting by members of the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. Two handguns were found in his possession when he was arrested.

Officer Baxter served with the Kissimmee Police Department for three years. He is survived by his wife and three children


  • Age 27
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Charged with murder

suspicious person

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Matthew Scott my only son I love you tremendously you will always be my Bunkie your nickname from birth I love you I miss you I cry everyday I read your text messages I read the last message that you sent me on August 18th at 8:23 p.m. it's hard for me son knowing that I can't talk to you text you sing with you hug and kiss you but you have tons of angels now that will do all that my heart hurts it'll be a year in a few weeks but it was just like yesterday you will never be forgotten but truly loved I will see you one day with your big pretty smile and your famous words mom I got this. And yes you do I love you


July 22, 2018

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