Florida authorities are conducting a massive search for Markeith Loyd. He is the suspect who is wanted for allegedly murdering his pregnant girlfriend and then fatally shooting an Orlando police officer. It has been over 24 hours since the murder of the police officer took place and Loyd has still not be found. Now, the search for him has expanded beyond the state lines as he could be virtually anywhere at this point.
The officer who was killed on Monday was Master Sergeant Debra Clayton. Loyd had already been suspected of killing his girlfriend before the officer’s killing. When Clayton arrived at the parking lot of a Walmart in Orlando, she saw the suspect and went over to confront him. That was when Loyd allegedly took out his weapon and killed the officer with it. He has been on the run from authorities ever since.
What is even more tragic is that other police officers have been injured while trying to search for Loyd. In fact, Deputy First Class Norman Lewis of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office was killed on his motorcycle after a civilian accidentally backed out in front of him while he was responding to the manhunt.
Orlando Police Chief John Mina announced on Tuesday that the reward for information that results in the arrest of Loyd has been increased to $100,000. There are already multiple law enforcement agencies looking for him, including the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, The Orlando Police Department, the U.S. Marshals, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security.
It has also been reported that Loyd made a Facebook post about two weeks ago where he said that he wanted to be on the TV show “America’s Most Wanted.” Loyd probably didn’t realize that the show hasn’t been on the air for a number of years, though. But it does suggest that he was probably planning to kill his pregnant girlfriend.