Orlando Officer Killed by Man Sought for Murder

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A day after a manhunt began for the suspect accused of shooting and killing an Orlando police officer, Markeith Loyd, 41, remained on the loose today. A $60,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to his arrest, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Loyd, who has spent time in prison, is accused of fatally shooting police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton yesterday. .

Clayton was in a Wal-Mart about 7:15 a.m. when a shopper flagged her down and told her Loyd was in the store, said Orlando police Chief John Mina. Authorities have been searching for Loyd since Dec. 13 when his pregnant ex-girlfriend, 24-year-old Sade Dixon, was shot and killed on her doorstep. Loyd also is accused of shooting and injuring Dixon’s brother when he ran to help her. Clayton called for backup, and then spotted Loyd. She started chasing after him and yelled for him to stop, but instead Loyd opened fire. She shot back but didn’t hit him.


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