Markeith Loyd
Orlando police urge suspect to turn himself in
01:14 - Source: CNN

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A reward of up to $60,000 is offered for information leading to Markeith Loyd's arrest

Master Sgt. Debra Clayton's death marks the first gun-related police fatality of 2017 in the United States

CNN  — 

Hundreds of law enforcement officers were scouring Orlando early Tuesday for a man suspected of fatally shooting a police officer outside a Walmart.

The suspect fled, triggering an intense manhunt that included door-to-door searches in apartment complexes and the placing of a dozen schools on lockdown.

Another officer died while taking part in the search for the gunman. The Orange County sheriff’s deputy died when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle.

After the deaths of two law enforcement officers in one day, Orlando Police Chief John Mina vowed to find the suspect – who has been identified as Markeith Loyd.

“I’m confident we will find him,” Mina said. “It doesn’t matter where he is. We will track him down to the ends of the Earth to find him.”

“To lose two law enforcement officers on this Law Enforcement Officer Appreciation Day is indeed a tragedy,” Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said.

Loyd also is wanted in the killing of a pregnant woman in December, Mina said.

A reward of up to $60,000 is offered for information leading to Loyd’s arrest.

The officer he is suspected of shooting was identified as Orlando police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, 42. The second officer who died in the accident was identified as Deputy First Class Norman Lewis.

“To lose two law enforcement officers on this Law Enforcement Officer Appreciation Day is indeed a tragedy,” Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said.

‘He shot her down’

On Monday morning, someone at a Walmart had contacted Clayton and told her Loyd was in the area, Mina said. It appears Clayton briefly chased the suspect on foot.

“As soon as she said stop, he basically opened fire on her,” the chief said.

One witness told CNN affiliate WFTV he had been outside the Walmart when the shooting happened.

“I was walking down the sidewalk, right past the officer, and I heard her tell him to stop, or whatever, and he shot her. He shot her down,” said James Herman.

Herman said the man continued shooting behind him as he was running from the scene. He also said the man wore a security shirt, but Mina said the suspect was not a security guard.

“That’s not uncommon,” he said. “We run into people in nightclubs that wear T-shirts that say FBI, police.”

Clayton returned fire but investigators don’t think she struck the gunman, Mina said.

Two minutes after Clayton’s last radio contact, police received a call of an officer shot. Officers performed CPR but could not revive Clayton.

The pursuit

Suspect Markeith Loyd

After the shooting, Loyd fled in a vehicle and fired shots at another officer, police said.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers descended on the area.

The suspect abandoned the vehicle and carjacked a different one, police said. He ditched that second vehicle shortly after and ran into an apartment complex, Mina said.

Residents were urged to stay inside and several schools were put on lockdown. By 3 p.m. ET, the lockdowns had been lifted at all the schools, the school system said on Twitter.