Police Officer Matthew Scott Baxter

Police Officer Matthew Scott Baxter

Kissimmee Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, August 18, 2017

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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 were 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. In September 2019 the man was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder.

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

Bio

  • Age 27
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Convicted of murder

suspicious person

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This is happening all to often . Lawlessness is not acceptable. As a retired Officer my heart goes out to his family and his widow. Our district attorneys and judges are way too lenient, letting serous criminals off with minimal jail time. This practice is appalling leaving our communities and first responders at risk.

Officer David Trujillo
Palo Alto Police Dept . Retired

September 30, 2019

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