Sergeant Richard Samuel Howard, III

Sergeant Richard Samuel Howard, III

Kissimmee Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, August 19, 2017

Richard Samuel Howard, III

Sergeant Sam Howard and Police Officer Matthew Baxter 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.

Sergeant Howardwas a U.S Army veteran and had served with the Kissimmee Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and one child.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Charged with murder

suspicious person

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Sam was an incredible man soldier and in sure father and husband I didn’t know the marrried Sam but I’m sure he was a great one. The last time we saw one another was in Al kut Iraq! There has never been a man of your honor and character that I’ve known that did his duty with such pride. You are one of a kind brother to Mrs. Howard I’m sorry I never got to meet you I am sorry for all you and your child have had to endure.
Sgt. Howard Till Valhalla brother

Spc. Jones Joseph
U.S Army , 3rd I.D Rock Of The Marne!!

November 18, 2018

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