An “armed and dangerous” murder suspect wanted in a shooting that killed a police officer outside a Walmart in Orlando was on the loose, officials warned, saying their intense manhunt would not end until they found the gunman.
The suspect, identified as Markeith Loyd, was accused of murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend last month, Fox 35 reported, adding that police had never caught him.
Police hiked their reward for information on his whereabouts to $60,000. An Orlando SWAT team had surrounded an apartment complex a couple miles northwest of the Walmart around noon, demanding Loyd step outside, but eventually left.
Earlier in the day, a motorcycle crash killed an Orange County deputy sheriff taking part in the manhunt, the sheriff announced.
“We’re going to bring this dirtbag to justice,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina told reporters. “We will track him down to the ends of the earth.”
Loyd had been arrested 20 times in Orange County since 1994, according to court records. He was wearing a T-shirt that read “security” during the shooting, Mina said.
Police identified the officer killed as Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, a 17-year veteran of the force and mother of two, married for one year. Officials did not identify the deputy who died. 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.
“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,” witness James Herman told WFTV. The officer was wearing protective gear and returned fire — but apparently missed, Mina said.
— Jackie Orozco (@ReporterJackie) January 9, 2017
Needless to say if you’re in the Orlando area and you see this dirt bag don’t approach him. Call the cops and let them know.