Manhunt still underway for suspect in killing of Orlando officer
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- Orlando Police teams have searched hundreds of apartments at the complex, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said.
Multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for Markeith Loyd, the man accused in the shooting death of an Orlando Police officer.
@BN9: Manhunt continues for Markeith Loyd; accused of killing Orlando officer.
Multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for Markeith Loyd, the man accused in the shooting death of Orlando Police officer Master Sgt. Debra Clayton on Monday.
The search is centered on Brookside Apartments on Cinderlane Parkway in Orlando, where people and vehicles were turned away around the area as the manhunt continues.
Orlando Police teams have searched hundreds of apartments at the complex, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said. SWAT team members are at the scene — News 13 will not reveal any of their tactical locations for their safety.
On Tuesday morning, the police department tweeted a link to an official GoFundMe page for the fallen officer and her patrol vehicle was put in a place of honor in front of the Orlando Police Department Headquarters.
It all started just after 7 a.m., on Monday, when the 43-year-old Clayton tried to make contact with Loyd at a Pine Hills Wal-Mart when he allegedly shot her, police said.
Clayton, a 17-year veteran with the Orlando Police Department, was able to return fire, but it is not believed Loyd, 41, was hit.
After the Wal-Mart shooting, Loyd was spotted in a vehicle on North Lane and Pine Hills Drive by an Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputy.
When Loyd pulled into the apartment complex, he allegedly shot at the deputy and also struck his unmarked Sheriff’s Office vehicle twice, officials said. The deputy was not injured.
Clayton was not the only fatality on Monday. Orange County Sheriff’s Office motorcycle deputy Norman Lewis hit a minivan on Balboa Drive and Pine Hills Road while he was involved with the manhunt.
The minivan’s driver pulled directly into the 35-year-old Lewis’ path and he was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition, officials said.
Lewis died at ORMC and charges are pending against 78-year-old Billie Jarrard, the minivan’s driver, Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes stated.
The manhunt caused more than two dozen public and private schools to be placed on lock down during the search for Loyd, who is also accused in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend.
Loyd was already being sought by Orange County deputies in connection with the December shooting death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, 24, who was shot dead at her home. Her brother, Ronald Steward, was also shot and hospitalized. Loyd has had several drug, battery and robbery charges against him. In the some of the cases, he was found guilty; others have been dismissed.
Officials described Loyd as armed and dangerous and warned the public not to approach him, but to call 911.
A reward of up to $60,000 is being offered for information leading to Loyd’s arrest. Call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous.