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Six US police officers shot in one night

One police officer died from his injuries.

Two law enforcement officers stand guard following a shooting in Florida.
Two law enforcement officers stand guard following a shooting in Florida.
Image: Stephen M. Dowell/PA

SIX US POLICE officers were shot in one night in the states of Florida and Pennsylvania, one fatally, prompting President Donald Trump to tweet his support for the slain officer’s department.

In the central Florida city of Kissimmee – close to the Walt Disney World Resort and other amusement parks – Officer Matthew Baxter was killed and Sergeant Sam Howard was left in “grave critical condition and the prognosis does not look good”, police chief Jeff O’Dell said at a news conference.

The officers had been checking on suspicious people in an area known for drug activity around 9.30pm on Friday (2.30am Irish time)  Five minutes later, authorities received a call that officers had been shot.

First responders found the officers “gravely wounded” in the road, O’Dell said.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the @KissimmeePolice and their loved ones. We are with you!” Trump, a staunch supporter of US law enforcement, tweeted.

In the northern Florida city of Jacksonville, sheriff’s officers responding to an attempted suicide call late on Friday were confronted by a suspect firing a high-powered rifle, Director Mike Bruno told a news conference.

Two officers were shot in the exchange of gunfire, one hit in both hands and the other in the stomach, Bruno said. The suspect was killed.

And two Pennsylvania state troopers were shot on Friday night, the agency said.

“Two state troopers shot and [the] suspect is deceased,” Pennsylvania State Police spokeswoman Melinda Bondarenka told ABC News. “We are not releasing any more details at this time.”

Both troopers are expected to survive, ABC said of the shooting in the community of Fairchance, about 100km south of Pittsburgh.

© AFP 2017

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