Manhunt Underway For Markeith Loyd, Accused Of Murdering Orlando Cop Debra Clayton & His Pregnant Ex-GF (Video)

Markeith Loyd (left) is a suspect in the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, as well as the shooting death of Orlando police officer Debra Clayton (right)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A massive manhunt was underway Monday in central Florida as authorities searched for a man accused of shooting and killing an Orlando police officer.

The Orlando Police Department announced the death of Master Sgt. Debra Clayton on its official Twitter account Monday morning. A short time later, authorities said at a press conference that a second law enforcement officer was killed in a vehicle accident while searching for the suspect in Clayton’s killing.


The shooting occurred near a Walmart store in northwest Orlando earlier Monday.

The suspect has been identified as Markeith Loyd, 41. Authorities said Loyd previously was a suspect in the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend last December.

Authorities were offering a $60,000 reward for any information leading to Loyd’s arrest. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said deputies had been searching unsuccessfully for Loyd for several weeks and believe he was receiving help from someone.

“He should be considered armed and dangerous,” said Police Chief John Mina said at a press conference. “He will be brought to justice.”

Mina lauded Clayton, a 17-year veteran of the force as a “committed” officer and “a hero” who gave her life to the community she loves. The tweet said Clayton always had a smile and a high five for every child she came across.

In this image made from video and released by the Orlando Police Department, officers salute Master Sgt. Debra Clayton Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.

“She made a point, even outside her working hours, do to things for youth and do things for the community,” said Deputy Chief Orlando Rolon, who added he assumed she was wearing a bulletproof vest since that is agency policy.

She was married and had two children. She died Monday at 7:40 a.m., less than an hour after she was shot while on duty.

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