Orlando police confirm man who shot deputy was wanted in pregnant ex-girlfriend’s murder

Markeith Loyd (Orange County Sheriff's Office)

UPDATE:

2:40 P.M. — Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings urges a suspect wanted for the murder of an Orlando police officer to turn himself in to authorities.

Demings says at a news conference Monday the best thing he could tell suspect 41-year-old Markeith Loyd is to surrender so the situation can be resolved peacefully. Demmings made his statement near the area in northwest metro Orlando where hundreds of officers from multiple police agencies were searching for Loyd.

Loyd is suspected in the shooting death of Master Sgt. Debra Clayton.

Authorities say Clayton was shot after she approached Loyd outside a Wal-Mart store Monday morning. He was wanted for questioning in the shooting death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend last month.

11:00 A.M. — The Orange County Sheriff’s Office reports a deputy was killed in motorcycle crash Monday morning during the search for man who shot and killed Orlando police officer.

The officer has been identified as Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, a 17-year veteran of the police force. Orlando Police Chief John Mina says during a press conference died at 7:40 a.m.

He says Clayton always had a smile and a high five for every kid she came across while on duty.

The sheriff’s deputy has not yet been identified.


(ORIGINAL STORY)

ORLANOD, Fla. (AP) — An Orlando police officer who was gunned down while on duty has died.

Orlando police announced the officer’s death on its official Twitter account Monday morning. The shooting happened near a Walmart store in Orlando earlier Monday morning.

The tweet says, “One of our own was taken in the line of duty. There are no words.” With the Twitter post was a video of the officer’s body being taken out of the hospital to a waiting van in a flag-covered stretcher.

Police tell news outlets the suspect Markeith Loyd is still on the run. A massive manhunt is underway and CNN reports 17 schools are in lockdown mode.

Police have asked anyone with information to contact authorities.

A news conference is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

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