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Orlando Police shooting suspect Markeith Loyd arrested after week-long manhunt

January 18, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Orlando Police shooting suspect Markeith Loyd arrested after week-long manhunt

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Florida law enforcement officials say, Markieth Loyd, the suspect wanted for gunning down an Orlando police officer last week and before that, his pregnant girlfriend was arrested at an abandoned house.

During a news conferance, Orlando Police Chief John Mina announced the arrest of the 41-year-old Markeith Loyd during a raid by a SWAT tactical unit Tuesday night on the home.

Mina stated that Loyd attempted to initially evade capture by fleeing out the back of the house, but realized authorities had him surrounded and ran back inside the empty home, CBS News reported.

A short time later he surrendered to officers in the front yard of the residence, bringing a week-long intense manhunt by police to a conclusion.

Loyd, who was arrested wearing body armor and armed with two handguns, stands accused in the fatal shooting death of Lt. Debra Clayton in the parking lot of an Orlando Wal-Mart on January 9th.

Before killing Clayton, Orlando Police sought Loyd for questioning for the fatal shooting of his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon last month during an incident which also saw her brother shot and wounded.

Mina denied reports that an anonymous tip resulted in Loyd’s apprehension and instead credited the strenuous efforts of law enforcement for the capture. “They’ve basically been living in their vehicles, using the bathroom in their vehicles, do everything they could to bring justice for the Dixon family and the Clayton family,” Mina said.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said Markeith Loyd now faces two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Dixon and officer Clayton and faces one count of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault in connection to the shooting of Dixon’s brother.

The family of the fallen officer thanked the police in a released statement on Twitter.

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