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KPD looking for person of interest in shooting of police

Posted on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 3:04 pm

KPD Officer Matthew Baxter (left) and Sgt. Sam Howard were killed in a shooting Friday in North Kissimmee.


Kissimmee police detective are looking for a person of interest in a shooting incident.
On Friday, officers responded to the area of Cypress Street and Palmway Street in Kissimmee, in reference to shots at two Kissimmee police officers and they were down. Based on the investigation, Kissimmee police detectives need to speak with Maribel Gonzales King. Maribel is not a suspect in this crime. Maribel is known to frequent the McLaren Circle area.
If anyone knows the whereabouts of Maribel Gonzales King or comes in contact with her, please immediately notify the Kissimmee Police Department at 407-846-3333, by e-mail at or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). Calls made to CRIMELINE remain anonymous and can be eligible for cash rewards.

The Kissimmee Police Department reported that Sgt. Richard “Sam Howard”, shot Friday night in an incident in North Kissimmee, died of his injuries Saturday afternoon.

Officer Matthew Baxter, also shot in the incident in the area of Cypress and Palmway streets, two blocks from the intersection of Vine Street and Orange Blossom Trail in Kissimmee.
About two hours later, suspect Everett Glenn Miller, 45, was located nearby at Roscoe’s Bar and Package in possession of a 9-millimeter handgun and a 22-caliber revolver, KPD Chief Jeff O’Dell reported Saturday morning.
“Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives located the suspect, who reached toward his waistband,” O’Dell said. “Through extremely brave and heroic actions, they tackled him, and took him into custody.”
No other arrests are expected in the incident, he said.
According to KPD, Baxter checked out with three males in the area of Cypress and Palmway.  Howard was in the area and responded to Baxter’s call. Details of the exact exchange between Baxter, Howard and the suspect Everett Miller are still under investigation, but there may have been some type of scuffle, ultimately ending with the shooting, in which the officers were never able to return fire. Shortly afterwards, a 911 call was received stating two officers were down.
The city of Kissimmee has set up a bank account through SunTrust for those who would like to donate to the fallen officers’ families. The account will be titled City of Kissimmee – Officer Matthew Baxter and Sergeant Sam Howard. Donations can be made at any SunTrust Bank beginning Monday.
“I am so proud of the sworn and civilian members of our Department by acting quickly to identify the suspect and bring him to justice,,” O’Dell said. “We will mourn over the next few days….we will get through this and we love them for what they do,” said Chief Jeff O’Dell.