A Florida police officer has been murdered by a violent serial felon who was on the run for murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend last month, and a motorcycle deputy involved in the manhunt was killed in a wreck during the manhunt.
Orlando was gripped in a frantic and deadly manhunt on Monday after police said a wanted murder suspect with a long rap sheet shot and killed a police officer before escaping the scene, armed and dangerous.
The suspect, identified as Markeith Loyd, was accused of murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend last month, Fox 35 reported. He had been arrested 20 times in Orange County since 1994, according to court records.
Amid the manhunt, a motorcycle crash killed an Orange County deputy sheriff searching for the suspect, the sheriff announced.
Police said the officer killed was Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, a 17-year veteran of the force married for one year. Officials did not identify the deputy who died.
Loyd was dressed as a security guard when he was confronted by Master Sgt. Clayton. He apparently gave no warning or tried to run before he gunned her down.
Dozens of police vehicles descended on the area around the intersection of Pine Hills Road and North Lane, just south of Royal Oaks and Pineview apartments on a report of an officer-involved shooting.
“(The shooter) was an average looking dude, he walked by me, had a security vest and everything,” witness James Herman told Channel 9. “I was walking down the sidewalk, right past the officer, and I heard her tell him to stop, or whatever, and he shot her. He shot her down.
“He took off running. It’s unreal.”
There are people who bring good things into this world, and then there are parasites. Markeith Loyd is clearly the latter.
Let’s hope that law enforcement is able to end his crime spree without the loss of any more innocent lives or injury to police officers.