Published: Wed, January 11, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Orlando Police Officers Were Killed Just Hours Apart

Orlando Police Officers Were Killed Just Hours Apart

Hundreds of law enforcement officers scoured Orlando overnight looking for the madman. A witness says Loyd continued shooting behind him as he ran. She called in for backup and approached Loyd, who was wearing a shirt that said "security" on it.

Doctors pronounced Clayton dead a short time later at Orlando Regional Medical Center. The brother was taken to a local hospital and listed in critical condition.

Clayton returned fire but investigators don't think she struck the gunman, Mina said.

According to the newswire, Orlando Police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton was gunned down near a Wal-Mart store in northwest Orlando earlier Monday.

Teresa Sokolovic said Clayton was a faithful friend, staying with her two days a year ago after Sokolovic had surgery.

"She will be missed as a mother, as a wife, as a daughter, and a sister".

She leaves behind a husband and two children, officials said.

"While we're processing our own emotional feelings, we still have a job to do", Demings said.

Shortly after, Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Norman Lewis, an 11-year veteran, was killed in a vehicle crash as authorities pursued Loyd. The 11-year-veteran was described by Demings as "a gentle giant". The 24-year-old was pregnant at the time.

UPDATE - 12:20 pm EST: NBC reports that a sheriff's deputy riding a motorcycle died during the manhunt.

The suspect, identified at Markeith Loyd, is considered "armed and extremely unsafe".

"The Orlando Police Department family is heartbroken today". "At this time, we ask everyone to please pray for Sgt. Clayton's family during this very hard time".

Across Central Florida, tributes poured out in social media for Clayton and the Orange County sheriff's deputy, killed in the traffic accident. Loyd pulls into a nearby apartment complex and shoots the unmarked OCSO SUV twice, officials said. The deputy was not harmed.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he spoke with Orlando Police Chief John Mina Monday morning. Loyd then allegedly stole a vehicle and escaped.

"We're searching the whole area", he said.

Compounding the tragedy was the death of another officer - Orange County (Fla.) Sheriff's Deputy Norman Lewis, a motor patrolman who had joined the search for Clayton's suspected killer.

Gov. Rick Scott was in Orlando for a jobs announcement and attended a press conference Monday morning.

Law enforcement officers hug as other officers, not seen, escort the body of the Orange County deputy who died in the line of duty on Monday.

Police are seeking Markeith Loyd in the murder of a pregnant woman named Sade Dixon last month.

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