Manhunt For Cop Killer Underway in Orlando, FL

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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.

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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.

 

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