Man Accused Of Killing On-Duty Orlando Police Officer Caught

January 18, 2017


Some justice for a slain Orlando police officer as the suspect in the killing of Master Sargent Debra Clayton was captured last night (1/17/17).  A massive manhunt for Markeith Loyd was underway since January 9th, when he was sought for questioning for the death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon. Clayton, a mother of an adult son and wife who had spent over two decades serving as an Orlando police officer, allegedly approached Loyd outside a department store a week ago Monday, where he fatally shot her multiple times and has been on the run ever since. Orlando Police and Orange County Deputies found Loyd at an abandoned house where he was wearing body armor and carrying two handguns, one with a 100-round magazine, when he surrendered after a SWAT team. Orlando police Chief John Mina confirmed Loyd was wearing Officer Clayton's handcuffs as he was transported to jail. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said at the news conference that the arrest is bittersweet as one of his deputies, Norman Lewis was killed in the line of duty in a traffic crash during the manhunt for Loyd. Master Sargent Clayton, posthumously promoted to lieutenant and Deputy Lewis were laid to rest at separate services Sunday (1/15/17). Loyd is now charged two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.


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