Neighbors shaken up after killing of Kissimmee officers

Kissimmee officers fatally shot last week

By Jennifer Ortega - Reporter

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Community members said they're shaken up and don't feel safe after two officers were killed in their Kissimmee neighborhood over the weekend. 

"Now that this has happened, it's shocking. I want to avoid this area," said Jacob Groves, who lives nearby.

Groves said he walks to the bus stop every day and cuts through Cypress Street to get there. Since the officers were fatally shot Friday night, he said he's not sure about the area anymore.

"I literally live like, five blocks down the road (from) where it happened. I don't feel as safe walking over there as before. I have a 3-year-old son and just for his safety, it's not good," Groves said.

A dentist in the community said she gets the same feeling now when she goes to work.

"We're feeling scared right now -- the police need to do something. Around here, there's a lot of drug addicts and a lot of dealing," Dr. Francisca Montero said.

She's so concerned for her safety and the safety of her patients, Montero said she's contemplating moving her business elsewhere.

"I'm planning (that) if they don't do something, I'm going to have to move my office from here," she said.

News 6 saw a handful of police officers patrolling the area Monday where Friday's shooting took place.

Tony Green said she remembers Sgt. Sam Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter being in the neighborhood all the time.

"When they come out here, it's like, (the) 6 o'clock shift. You're constantly here. We come and park in the parking lot," Green said. "I'm really going to miss them because they were always here for us." 

The memorial at the Kissimmee Police Department has continued to grow as people come to remember the fallen officers.

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