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BREAKING: Two #Kissimmee Police officers were shot and killed tonight.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families 🙏




Orlando Sentinel:

Two Kissimmee Police officers were shot and killed Friday night, and one person was taken into custody. 

 The department reported on Friday night that two of its officers were shot in the area of Palmway and Cypress streets. Osceola County Commissioner Fred Hawkins Jr. confirmed that both officers died.

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs asked for prayers for families of the officers and said it was a “heartbreaking loss of two of Kissimmee’s finest officers.”

One person was in custody, according to Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Montes.


The officers were in a neighborhood near Orange Blossom Trail and John Young Parkway when they were injured, according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.
It's unclear whether the officers were responding to a call in the area when they were injured.
Hawkins said he couldn’t believe the news.
"It's just awful. We're praying for the families of these officers and for the whole KPD family," he said.
Hawkins said the last officer killed on the job was in 1993 after being shot.
Information about the suspect was not immediately provided
FHP said there was “heavy police activity” in the area and told people to avoid the area.
Alexis Nieves, 27, was driving to see a friend when she got stopped at a red light on Orange Blossom Trail and U.S. Highway 192.
She saw a few cop cars then dozens started arriving to the intersection. She looked to her left and saw an officer with a long gun, the she saw a person being loaded into an ambulance. There were helicopters circling the in the area.
Emergency crews were doing CPR and trying to resuscitate the person. Nieves didn't know it was an officer who had been shot.
"I just started crying," she said. "I didn't know what to think. It's so sad."
On its Twitter account, the Orlando Police Department said, “Please keep @kissimmeepolice in your prayers tonight.”





The Orange County Sheriff’s Office also offered its own message of comfort, saying, “Our solidarity is with @kissimmeepolice as they deal with this tragic loss.”


Sanford Police also sent a healing message: “Our hearts are heavy with the news of our 2 fallen @kissimmeepolice Officers. OUr prayers are with their families & their fellow officers.”

Kissimmee Police has 104 officers. Chief Jeff O’Dell took over the department in August 2016. He was expected to make a statement, but had not made one as of press time late Friday night.
It has been a dangerous year for law enforcement in Central Florida. Lt. Debra Clayton, a 17-year veteran of the Orlando Police Department, was killed in a gunfight in the Wal-Mart parking lot while attempting to arrest Markeith Loyd, a suspect in the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon. Loyd was later captured after a nine-day manhunt.
Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Norman Lewis, a motorcycle officer, was also killed that day during the pursuit for Loyd.
On Friday night, there was also a report from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office that two police officers had been shot on the Westside of Jacksonville.
This is a breaking news report. Check back for updates.
Staff Writers Bianca Padro Ocasio, Christal Hayes, Krista Torralva and Gal Tziperman Lotan contribute to this report.
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