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Suspect in police officer's fatal shooting captured

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

The Orlando Police Department said Tuesday night that Markeith Loyd, 41, was in custody, ending a manhunt that began with the Jan. 9 fatal shooting of Master Sgt. Debra Clayton outside a Walmart store.

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

While at the 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. Clayton, 42, who was married with a college-aged son, returned fire but didn't hit him. She was wearing body armor, but was hit multiple times, Orlando police Chief John Mina 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 for Loyd.

Hundreds of officers and deputies have 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.

Suspect in police officer's fatal shooting captured 01/17/17 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 8:27pm]
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