Police Officer SHOT DEAD Near Orlando Walmart, Suspect At Large!
There is a certain courage in a human being when they willingly take on a job where they know they might get injured or possibly be killed in the course of their duties..
Orlando was gripped in a frantic and deadly manhunt on Monday after police said a wanted murder suspect with a long rap sheet shot and killed a police officer outisde a Walmart before escaping the scene, armed and dangerous. The suspect, identified as Markeith Loyd, was accused of murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend last month, Fox 35 reported. He had been arrested 20 times in Orange County since 1994, according to court records.
Amid the manhunt, a motorcycle crash killed an Orange County deputy sheriff searching for the suspect, the sheriff announced. “We’re going to bring this dirtbag to justice,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina told reporters. “There’s going to be someone who knows where he is.”
Police said the officer killed was Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, a 17-year veteran of the force married for one year. Officials did not identify the deputy who died.
Loyd was wearing a security uniform at the time of Monday’s shooting, a witness told WFTV.
“(The shooter) was an average looking dude, he walked by me, had a security vest and everything,” witness James Herman told the station. “I was walking down the sidewalk, right past the officer, and I heard her tell him to stop, or whatever, and he shot her. He shot her down.”
Police released video of the officer’s flag-draped coffin leaving Orlando Regional Medical Center. At least 64 officers were killed in gun-related incidents in 2016, a jump of more than 50 percent from the previous year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Loyd had been on the run since Dec. 13 when police accused him of shooting and killing 24-year-old Sade Dixon, a pregnant mother of two, and critically wounding her brother, Ronald Steward, outside her home.