comscore Police: Fugitive wanted in officer’s fatal shooting captured | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Top News

Police: Fugitive wanted in officer’s fatal shooting captured


    Markeith Loyd has been the focus of a weeklong manhunt since Master Sgt. Debra Clayton was killed in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

ORLANDO, Fla. >> A suspect in the fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer was captured Tuesday after a weeklong manhunt, authorities said.

The Orlando Police Department tweeted Tuesday night that 41-year-old Markeith Loyd was in custody, ending a manhunt that began with the Jan. 9 fatal shooting of Lt. Debra Clayton outside a Wal-Mart store.

Local television stations showed Loyd had a bloodied face when a half-dozen officers and deputies took him into police headquarters.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina tweeted, “Captured and wearing Lt. Debra Clayton’s handcuffs.”

Before Clayton’s shooting, authorities had sought Loyd for questioning in the killing of his pregnant ex-girlfriend last month.

Police arrested a former supervisor at the fried chicken restaurant where Loyd worked, an ex-girlfriend and a niece last Tuesday and Wednesday on charges of helping him in the weeks after Loyd’s ex-girlfriend was fatally shot.

While at the Wal-Mart store, Clayton was tipped off that Loyd was in the area. She approached him in the parking lot and he filed multiple shots at her. She was wearing body armor, but was hit multiple times, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said.

Investigators found clothing belonging to Loyd that suggested Clayton returned fire after she was shot but that a bulletproof vest protected the suspect.

A deputy then spotted Loyd fleeing in a vehicle and pursued him into a nearby apartment complex, where the suspect fired again, striking the deputy’s SUV twice but missing the deputy, the sheriff’s office said.

Loyd then carjacked another vehicle and fled, abandoning the second vehicle nearby another apartment complex, which was the focus of the manhunt initially, the sheriff’s office said.

A second law enforcement officer, Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy First Class Norman Lewis, was killed in a motorcycle crash after joining the massive manhunt.

Hundreds of officers and deputies had been searching for Loyd, and a $100,000 reward was being offered for information that leads to his arrest.

The U.S. Marshals Service had added Loyd to its list of most wanted fugitives Tuesday and added $25,000 to the reward offer.

Clayton, 42, was a “committed” officer and “a hero” who gave her life to the community she loves, her chief said. She was married and had a college-aged son. She also grew up in the Orlando area, and enjoyed mentoring young people.

“She was always the first to step up and help kids,” the chief said.

A 17-year veteran of the force, Clayton supervised a patrol division in the neighborhood where she was shot, and previously worked in investigations and as a school resource officer, Deputy Chief Orlando Rolon said.

“She made a point, even outside her working hours, to do things for youth and do things for the community,” Rolon said.

Comments (6)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Leave a Reply

      • Oh c’mon this is a guy who probably looks in the mirror every day, calls the beer belly a “six pack” and describes the baggy, slightly cross eyed gaze bouncing back at him as “piercing.” His daily SA droppings are doubtless similarly an ambrosia to his senses.

        • My comment is awaiting moderation.
          @ lipof & TigerEye
          Wow! You guys are so sensitive…is it because of the Election Shocking Shellacking you guys took on the noggin?!
          Don’t worry be happy…3 days to #MAGA

      • llpof – It doesn’t reveal anything new about him – that’s for sure. He’s a proud racist, and we’ve all known that for quite a while.

        He also enjoys thinking that his juvenile and ridiculous comments bother people with a brain. That’s not true, of course. We understand – well – that he’s ignorant and pathetic. I, and others, just feel sorry for him.

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature

Scroll Up