MIAMI (CBSMiami) — An officer and a deputy are both dead, and a suspect is on the loose prompting a massive manhunt in Orlando.
A $60,000 reward is being offered for those who help turn in 41-year-old Markeith Lloyd – the man wanted in the shooting death of officer, Sgt. Debra Clayton with Orlando Police.
Clayton was shot just after 7 a.m. Monday near a Walmart at John Young Parkway and Princeton Street.
“I regret to inform our community that one of our heroes in blue was shot and killed in the line of duty Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, a 17-year veteran of the police department, lost her life today,” said Orlando Police Chief John Mina.
Orlando Police said Lloyd is also a suspect in the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend last month. They consider him armed and dangerous.
“The best thing that he can do at this time is to turn himself in. We would love to be able to resolve this situation peacefully,” said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.
After Clayton was shot, Sheriff’s officials say they spotted Lloyd escaping in her police vehicle. While searching for the suspect, a second law enforcement officer was killed in a motorcycle crash.
“Sadly, this is one of the toughest days in my career. Not only did we lose an Orlando Police officer, today we lost an Orange County deputy sheriff as well,” said Demings.
A line of officers saluted as Clayton’s body was removed on a flag-covered stretcher. The officer was a married mother of two.
Local schools were put on lockdown while police continued to hunt for the suspect.