KISSIMMEE, Fla. - A man accused of gunning down two Kissimmee police officers while they responded to a call recently will undergo a competency evaluation before the case goes forward, the Ninth Circuit Court announced Tuesday.
Everett Miller is accused of shooting Kissimmee police Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Sam Howard as they responded to a call on Aug. 18.
According to a charging affidavit, Baxter notified dispatch that he was “out with three black males” near Palmway and Cypress streets in Kissimmee.
He asked for a supervisor to respond.
Howard arrived at the scene, and there were no more radio transmissions after that.
A short time later, people in the area began calling 911 to report shots fired, with one caller saying there were two officers lying in the street.
Officers attempted CPR on Baxter and Howard, and the two were rushed to Osceola Regional Hospital.
Baxter died that night, and Howard died the next day.
Police got a call about a suspicious man at Roscoe’s bar shortly after the shooting, where investigators found Miller.
Miller was being combative and was yelling profanities in the bar, officials said.
They said he refused to comply with deputies’ orders and reached in his waistband before being restrained.
A 9 mm Sig Sauer handgun was found in his pants along with a .22-caliber handgun.
The .22 had one live round and four spent shell casings in the cylinder, according to the report.
A report said Miller began to cry and said “he did not want to live” while pleading with the interviewer to kill him.
He told the detectives, “I have done a bad thing.”
Miller’s sister, Shavon Sutton, went to the police department where she told officers her friend called her and said she had just seen Miller “acting crazy.”
Miller was being held in jail on no bond.
According to the Tuesday court filing ordering Miller's mental evaluation, a hearing will take place once it is received by the court and reviewed by the judge and respective attorneys.
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