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Manhunt ongoing after Orlando police officer shot to death; deputy killed while pursuing suspect

Police: Officer shot in Orlando, suspect still at large

  • The deputy wasn’t harmed, the sheriff’s office said.
  • ORLANDO – Authorities in Orlando say that an Orange County deputy sheriff was killed in a traffic accident while searching for a suspect in the shooting death of an Orlando police officer Monday.
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  • Orange County Sheriff’s officers block the entrance to a Walmart near the scene where a police officer was shot, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Orlando.
  • But sheriff’s officials said Loyd was spotted by a deputy fleeing in the Orlando police officer’s vehicle.

ORLANDO — Authorities in Orlando say that an Orange County deputy sheriff was killed in a traffic accident while searching for a suspect in the shooting death of an Orlando police officer Monday.

@TB_Times: Police: Officer shot in Orlando, suspect still at large

Sheriff Jerry Demings told a press conference that the deputy sheriff was riding a motorcycle while pursuing Markeith Loyd, 41. Loyd is suspected in the shooting death of Master Sgt. Debra Clayton. A massive manhunt was underway for him Monday.

The sheriff’s office said Lloyd previously was a suspect in the murder of his ex-girlfriend last December.

Clayton was shot and killed in the line of duty near a Walmart in Orlando.

The Orlando Police Department announced the officer’s death on its official Twitter account Monday morning.

The tweet said, “One of our own was taken in the line of duty. There are no words.” With the Twitter post was a video of the officer’s body being taken out of the hospital to a waiting van in a flag-covered stretcher. A line of officers saluted as the stretcher was wheeled out.

Authorities said 17 area schools were placed in lockdown following the shooting.

No additional details were provided about the shooting. But sheriff’s officials said Loyd was spotted by a deputy fleeing in the Orlando police officer’s vehicle. The suspect pulled into a nearby apartment complex and then fired at a deputy, striking the deputy’s SUV twice. The deputy wasn’t harmed, the sheriff’s office said.

Loyd then carjacked another vehicle, drove away and then abandoned the vehicle not far away, according to the sheriff’s office.

The manhunt was being conducted where he abandoned the vehicle.

Manhunt ongoing after Orlando police officer shot to death; deputy killed while pursuing suspect

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