Man charged with first-degree murder in Kissimmee officers shooting deaths

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Kissimmee police have identified Everett Glenn Miller, 45, as the suspect in the fatal shooting of two police officers.

Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Sam Howard were shot in a scuffle of some kind at about 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of Palmway and East Cypress streets, Chief Jeff O’Dell said.

Baxter was killed in the shooting and Howard succumbed to his injuries Saturday at the hospital, deputies said.

Miller was found armed with two guns at Roscoe’s bar at about 11:30 p.m.

He was arrested and later charged with premeditated first-degree murder in connection with Baxter's death. No word yet on what charges he will face in connection with Howard's death.

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O'Dell said Miller is a Marine veteran who was recently placed under the Baker Act by the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.  

Channel 9 Legal Analyst Bill Sheaffer said that baker act, or any other mental health issues, will not affect Miller's prosecution on the first degree murder charge -- unless an evaluation determines he was insane at the time of committing the crime.

But any mental health issue could be weighed during sentencing, if Miller is convicted, Sheaffer said.

Police said Miller was taken to the Osceola County Jail in Baxter's handcuffs.

Although others were taken into custody after the shooting, no others are expected to be charged, O’Dell said.

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