Florida Police Capture Accused Cop Killer After Massive 8-Day Manhunt

He's wanted in the murder of his pregnant girlfriend.

By Jaime Lutz

The manhunt for Markeith Loyd—a Florida man who allegedly killed a police officer after she recognized him as a suspect in a homicide case—finally wrapped up after just over eight days yesterday, when police captured Loyd by tracing his cell phone, according to local reporters.

Loyd allegedly shot Master Sgt. Debra Clayton in front of a Walmart Jan. 9 when she recognized him as a suspect in the murder of his pregnant girlfriend. He fled the scene immediately after. On Jan. 17, Loyd was finally captured and arrested, using Clayton’s own handcuffs.

Police said they found two handguns with Loyd when he was arrested, including one with a massive high-capacity drum capable of holding up to 100 rounds. Loyd was also wearing a tactical vest when he was arrested.

Loyd, who appeared to have significant facial injuries when he was taken into custody, said that police “beat [him] up.” 

“We will investigate use of force used (on Markeith Loyd) just as we investigate other use of force,” said Orlando Police Chief John Mina to Daralene Jones, a reporter with a local news station.

Three people were additionally arrested for allegedly helping Loyd escape police, including his niece, his ex-girlfriend, and a friend. More arrests are expected, Mina told CNN.

[Image: Orange County Sheriff]

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