2 police officers shot in Jacksonville

Two police officers were wounded while responding to reports of a suicide attempt Friday night at a home in Jacksonville's Westside, where they believed three people were in danger.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office police officers shot and killed a man they say who came out of the house firing a high-powered rifle.

"As the officers approached the house, they knew it was a rifle the individual was shooting," Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Director Mike Bruno said. "They knew they were staring danger in the face and yet they moved forward to meet the commitment they held and swore to take for this community."

The three people in the house were safe. One of the officers was shot in both hands and the officer who was shot in the stomach was listed in critical condition early Saturday morning. 

The shooting happened as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was assisting the Kissimmee Police Department with the death of Officer Matthew Baxter in Osceola County. 

Gov. Rick Scott tweeted, "We stand with ALL law enforcement in Florida."

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