Updated January 20, 2017
After a week-long manhunt, Orlando Police captured triple murder suspect Markeith Loyd on January 18, 2017. Police say Loyd was armed when they found him Tuesday night.
“Markeith Loyd has been arrested and is in custody. We’re extremely grateful for that,” said Orlando Police Chief John Mina at a news conference with reporters.
“When he came out of the front door, he threw those 2 handguns to the ground. He was taken into custody. He did resist arrest and he does have some facial injuries. Lieutenant Debra Clayton’s handcuffs were placed on him,” Chief Mina said.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said Loyd also was responsible for the death of his pregnant former girlfriend and unborn child.
Below is the Associated Press Youtube video of Markeith Loyd being taken into custody and Orlando Police Chief John Mina’s account of what happened Tuesday night when Orlando Police confronted Loyd.
Below is the Orlando Police Department’s YouTube video of Loyd’s capture:
Updated 8:51 a.m., Central Time, Jan. 11, 2017
Orlando Florida Police and law enforcement are still looking for Markeith Loyd. They need the public’s help in arresting Loyd. There is a $100,000 reward for Loyd’s capture. Loyd is the prime suspect in the shooting death of Orlando Police Master Sergeant Debra Clayton this week and in the murder of Sade Dixon.
Photos: Twitter, courtesy of Orlando Police and Orange County Sheriff’s Office
Clayton is married and has one child. Clayton joined the Orlando Police Department in May 1999. Orange County Sheriff Deputy Norman Lewis also was killed in the line of duty the same day while searching for Clayton’s killer.
“Markeith Loyd is considered armed and extremely dangerous. We are asking the public to assist us with his whereabouts by calling 911 or Crimeline at 800.423.TIPS. Do not approach him directly.
The last time an Orlando Police Officer was killed in the line of duty was October 4, 2007, when Officer Al Gordon was gunned down in a robbery near an automated-teller machine at Silver Star and North Hiawassee roads, not far from his home.”
—-City of Orlando Fallen Officer Update, January 9, 2017