Markeith Loyd, Officer Crossed Paths Before Deadly Shooting

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ORLANDO (CBSMiami) — Video released Wednesday shows accused double murderer Markeith Loyd walking out of the Princeton Street Walmart seconds before authorities said he started shooting at Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton.

New documents released by State Attorney Brad King’s office included surveillance video of Loyd and Clayton at the Walmart off John Young Parkway on Jan. 9th before the fatal shooting.

Loyd is seen in the video entering the store at 6:45 a.m., wearing a black sweatshirt with the word “security” on the back and camouflage pants, surveillance video showed.

At some point while in the store, Loyd approached a plainclothes loss prevention officer to ask him if the store had a restroom other than the one located at the front of the store.

“When he asked me about the bathroom, that’s what really raised my suspicion. I thought he was probably going to conceal something in the bathroom,” the man said.

He wasn’t sure if Loyd knew there was a police officer in the store, but did say Loyd seemed to be “tip-toeing” and acting “secretive.”

Loyd and Clayton were in the same checkout line at 7:11 a.m., separated by two customers. Loyd got out of line and went to another checkout counter to finish paying for his groceries.

Clayton finished checking out just after 7:14 a.m. Loyd is seen walking parallel to Clayton just on the other side of the checkout row.

A witness said she notified Clayton of Loyd’s presence. The woman was in line to pay for her groceries then walked to customer service. When she returned, she saw Loyd. She recognized him because he was married to her cousin, but the Walmart encounter was their first time speaking in person.

“As soon as I seen him, I just like dropped my head, saying to myself, excuse my language, ‘Oh (expletive), that’s him.’ That’s why I couldn’t really tell (the officers) what he had on because after I looked up and seen it was him, I stopped looking at him,” the woman said.

She walked out of the store, trying to remain calm, then bolted toward Clayton, who was putting her groceries in her car.

“I saw her, I was like, ‘Ma’am there’s Markeith Loyd in the store’ and she said ‘Who?’ and I said ‘Y’all are out looking for him for murdering his pregnant girlfriend’ and she said, ‘Oh OK,’” the witness said. “I couldn’t believe this man was in the store.”

Surveillance video showed Loyd walking out of the store 7:17 a.m. A little more than 10 seconds later, shoppers can been seen running and ducking for cover as he exchanged gunfire with Clayton.

Witnesses told police that Clayton approached Loyd as he was exiting the store and gave him commands to stop.

“When he came out, that’s when I heard her say, ‘Get on the ground.’ “He went like he was gonna run and then turned around and pulled his gun out,” a witness said.

The last radio transmission made by Clayton, “Foot pursuit! Foot pursuit!” was followed by three gunshots and then silence, according to Orlando police officer accounts.

At 7:19 a.m., Orlando police received a call that an officer was down.

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