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6 police officers shot in 3 US cities, 1 dead and 1 in ‘grave critical condition’

6 police officers shot in 3 US cities, 1 dead and 1 in 'grave critical condition'iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Six law enforcement officers on Friday night were shot -- two are confirmed dead -- in three different U.S. cities, their respective agencies have confirmed.

In central Florida, two Kissimmee Police Department officers were shot, chief Jeffrey O'Dell said at a press conference early Saturday morning.

Officer Matthew Baxter, a three-year veteran, died. The other officer, 10-year veteran Sgt. Sam Howard, is in "grave critical condition and the prognosis does not look good," O'Dell said.

Gov. Rick Scott erroneously tweeted late Friday night that both officers had died.

One of the four suspects remains on the run. The officers were investigating suspicious persons.

President Trump reacted to the Kissimmee shootings, tweeting, "My thoughts and prayers are with the @KissimmeePolice and their loved ones. We are with you! #LESM"

My thoughts and prayers are with the @KissimmeePolice and their loved ones. We are with you!#LESM

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2017


Gov. Scott tweeted, "Our prayers are with all of @kissimmeepolice & their loved ones."

A subsequent tweet read, "Our law enforcement officers are true heroes and we will miss these brave Floridians."

Kissimmee is located about about 23 miles south of Orlando.

Chief O'Dell of @kissimmeepolice: pic.twitter.com/azbcOmg5Hi

— Kissimmee Police (@kissimmeepolice) August 19, 2017


In northeastern Florida, two officers were shot, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced.

One officer is in critical condition and the other is in stable condition, the Sheriff's Office said.

Officials said the suspect was shot and killed by officers.

Two police officers shot: Westside of #Jacksonville. All information will come via Twitter.

— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) August 19, 2017


"Praying for these officers who were shot tonight," Gov. Scott said of the Jacksonville officers.

On the scene where JSO says two officers have been shot @FCN2go pic.twitter.com/ja24ALNkUg

— Janny Rodriguez (@JannyReports) August 19, 2017


And in reference to both Florida shootings, Gov. Scott tweeted, "Just learned of two @JSOPIO in danger tonight – we stand with ALL law enforcement in Florida."

No further details about the Florida shooting incidents were yet released.

In Fairchance, Pennsylvania Friday night, two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were shot, officials said. Both troopers are stable and expected to survive. The suspect is dead.

"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."

Josh Krysak, a spokesman at Uniontown Hospital, told ABC News, "I can confirm that one state police trooper was brought to Uniontown Hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in a shooting incident in Fairchance this evening. The injuries suffered by this officer are not life threatening."

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Charlottesville mayor to issue statement on Robert E. Lee statue

Charlottesville mayor to issue statement on Robert E. Lee statueMark Wilson/Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer will issue a statement Friday afternoon after canceling a news conference at which he was expected to "make a major announcement" regarding the local statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and the legacy of the woman killed during a protest sparked by the city's plans to remove the statue.

His news conference had been scheduled for noon on Friday, but the mayor tweeted Friday morning that "we are canceling today’s press conference and instead issuing a statement in the afternoon."

FYI all: we are canceling today’s press conference and instead issuing a statement in the afternoon. Stay tuned.

— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 18, 2017

FYI, the reason for the change is we decided a statement rather than a press event was the best medium for the ideas I want to convey today.

— Mike Signer (@MikeSigner) August 18, 2017

The statement comes six days after a Unite the Right rally sparked by Charlottesville's plan to remove the Lee statue from a local park turned deadly.

The rally was attended by neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members. They were met with hundreds of counterprotesters, which led to street brawls and violent clashes.

A driver plowed into counterprotesters, killing Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring several others. The suspected driver is in custody, facing charges including second-degree murder.

Despite the "painful" event, "we’re not going to let them define us,” Signer told ABC News earlier this week of the agitators.

"They’re not going to tell our story," he said. "We’re going to tell our story. And outsiders -- their time has come and gone. This city is back on their feet, and we’re going to be better than ever despite this."

Signer compared his hopes for Charlottesville's recovery to the aftermath of the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting in June 2015 that killed nine people. The gunman in that attack said he wanted to start a race war, but the tragedy instead united the city.

"There’s a memorial right now in front of Charlottesville City Hall that’s flowers and a heart that talks about the love that we have here. Those are the images that are going to replace these horrific ones from this weekend. That’s the work that we have as a country," Signer said.

"That’s what happened in Charleston. There were those horrible images of those people bloodied and killed and weeping from the church. But they were replaced quickly, steadily, by the work that started to happen. By people who said, 'You’re not going to tell our story for us. We’re going to tell our story.'

"And that’s what’s happening in this community. That’s my work as the mayor here -- is not to allow these hateful people who just don’t get this country to define us," he said. "And they’re not going to define us."

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