An Orlando Sgt. was murdered and a Deputy was killed in a motor vehicle accident while responding to assist in the apprehension of her murderer. The suspect remains at large.
Two Officers were killed in the line of duty when a man shot one in cold blood outside a Wal-Mart. Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, a 17-year veteran, was shot to death as she attempted to apprehend Markeith Loyd, 41 outside the store when he opened fire upon her. Shots were exchanged.
Authorities do not believe that Loyd was hit. The Sgt died from her injuries. Approximately two hour later Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Norman Lewis was responding to the massive manhunt on his motorcycle when his vehicle collided with another motorist and he died of his injuries he sustained in the accident.
Loyd is a suspect in the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend last December and is considered armed and extremely dangerous. During the murder of his girlfriend he had also shot her brother when he attempted to help the mother of two as Loyd murdered her.
Local law enforcement offered a $60,000 reward for information leading to Loyd’s capture.
After Loyd shot the Orlando officer he was seen driving away in her police car that he stole. He then reportedly car jacked another vehicle from a citizen.
The Orlando Police Department wrote of Master Sgt. Clayton
The Orlando Police Department family is heartbroken today. One of our own, Master Sergeant Debra Clayton, was killed in the line of duty.
There are no words for our grief, but it’s grief that we share with our friends and family at Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Florida. They, too, lost a hero today.
Please keep the families of Sgt. Clayton and Deputy First Class Norman Lewis in your thoughts.
Orange County Sheriff Wrote of Deputy Lewis:
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of our beloved Deputy First Class Norman Lewis.
DFC Lewis lost his life after a traffic crash at the intersection of Balboa and North Pine Hills Road this morning.
DFC Lewis was 35 years old and had been with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office since March of 2005. He was a friend to everyone and always had a smile on his face.
Norm was an esteemed member of our Motors/DUI Unit. He was a graduate of the University of Central Florida and played football for the Knights.
Norm will be deeply missed.
Rest in peace, gentle giant. #BigNorm
The WBL is heartbroken over the loss of yet two more Law Enforcement Officers. Another brother and sister in Blue lost. Another tragic loss to our entire society. May they both rest in peace.