Manhunt For Fugitive Accused Of Killing Cop Goes Into Second Day

He's suspected of killing a cop after she recognized him as a suspect in a homicide case.

By Jaime Lutz

Police are still looking for the Orlando fugitive who shot and killed a cop after she recognized him as a suspect in a homicide case, The Orlando Sentinel reported. The chase has now been going on for over 24 hours.

Markeith Loyd allegedly opened fire on Master Sgt. Debra Clayton in front of a Walmart Monday morning when she recognized him as a suspect in last month’s killing of his pregnant ex-girlfriend. 

After he fled the scene, hundreds of police began a dramatic overnight manhunt through Orlando to find the suspect authorities call armed and dangerous. At one point, Loyd shot at a police officer in pursuit, then stole a woman’s car and drove away, officers said. He later ditched the car at an apartment complex.

During the manhunt, Deputy Norman Lewis, 35, died after a van struck him while he was riding a police motorcycle. Another officer suffered minor injuries in a different crash.

Officials are offering a $60,000 bounty for information leading to Loyd’s arrest.

"We are going to bring this dirtbag to justice, and he's going to jail," Orlando Police Chief John Mina said to the Sentinel.


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