Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton’s handcuffs were used for a special purpose last night, to arrest the man accused of killing her, the Orlando Sentinel reports. After a nine-day manhunt, officers captured Markeith Loyd in an abandoned house. As Loyd was escorted into police headquarters, he exclaimed, “They beat me up! They beat me up!” to nearby cameras. His bloodied face appeared beaten with swollen eyes and lips.
Orlando Police Chief John Mina said, “The injuries looked minor to me.” Loyd was later taken to a hospital. Loyd, 41, has been wanted since Dec. 13, when investigators say he fatally shot his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, 24, and injured her brother when he rushed to help her. Clayton was trying to capture Loyd at a Wal-Mart Jan. 9 when she was slain.