BREAKING: Orlando Cop Killer Markeith Lloyd Caught! UPDATE: OPD Press Conference

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Arrested with Master Sergeant Clayton's handcuffs.

ORLANDO — A suspect in the fatal shoot­ing of an Orlan­do police officer was captured Tuesday after a weeklong manhunt, author­i­ties said.

The Orlan­do Police Depart­ment tweet­ed Tuesday night that 41-year-old Markei­th Loyd was in custody, ending a manhunt that began with the Jan. 9 fatal shoot­ing of Master Sgt. Debra Clayton outside a Wal-Mart store.

Local televi­sion stations showed Loyd had a blood­ied face when a half-dozen officers and deputies took him into police headquar­ters.

Orlan­do Police Chief John Mina tweet­ed, “Captured and wearing Lt. Debra Clayton’s handcuffs.” Clayton was promot­ed posthu­mous­ly to the rank of lieutenant.

Before Clayton’s shoot­ing, author­i­ties had sought Loyd for question­ing in the killing of his pregnant ex-girlfriend last month.

While at the store, Clayton was tipped off that Loyd was in the area. She approached him in the parking lot and he filed multi­ple shots at her. Clayton returned fire but didn’t hit him. She was wearing body armor, but was hit multi­ple times, Orlan­do Police Chief John Mina said.

A deputy then spotted Loyd fleeing in a vehicle and pursued him into a nearby apart­ment complex, where the suspect fired again, strik­ing the deputy’s SUV twice but missing the deputy, the sheriff’s office said.

Loyd then carjacked anoth­er vehicle and fled, abandon­ing the second vehicle nearby anoth­er apart­ment complex, which was the focus of the manhunt initial­ly, the sheriff’s office said.

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Updates as they come.  OPD has sched­uled a press confer­ence to begin in about half an hour.

UPDATE: Local Orlan­do station WESH 2 has a livestream up.  No press confer­ence yet.

UPDATE: Link to OPD press confer­ence added.


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