Orange County sheriff deputies salute as the body of Orange County Sheriff's Office Deputy First Class Norman Lewis was transported from Orlando Regional Medical Center after the deputy was killed in the line of duty Monday (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Hundreds Searching For Suspect In Orlando Officer Death

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Orlando Police Chief John Mina says his agency is doing everything it can to catch a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a police sergeant Monday.

Mina said Tuesday that teams of detectives are following all leads and hundreds of officers and deputies are searching for the suspect, 41-year-old Markeith Loyd.

Mina spoke in a video posted on the agency’s Twitter page.

Officers are searching for Markeith Loyd, a suspect in the shooting of an Orlando police officer Monday morning (Photo courtesy of the Orlando Police Department)
Officers are searching for Markeith Loyd, a suspect in the shooting of an Orlando police officer Monday morning (Photo courtesy of the Orlando Police Department)

Master Sgt. Debra Clayton was gunned down in a northwest Orlando Wal-Mart parking lot after she approached Loyd, who was wanted for questioning in the murder of his pregnant girlfriend.

Officers focused the manhunt on an apartment complex Monday afternoon, but no searches appeared to be going on there Tuesday morning.

More than two hours after Clayton was fatally shot, Orange County Sheriff’s Office Deputy First Class Norman Lewis was killed when his motorcycle collided with a van as he was responding to the manhunt in search of Loyd.

The community continued to mourn the two officers amid the search for the suspect Tuesday. Shoppers laid flowers, teddy bears and candles outside the Wal-Mart store where Clayton was killed and her patrol car is on display in front of Orlando Police headquarters.

Law enforcement officers conduct a door-to-door search at an Orlando apartment complex Monday. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
Law enforcement officers conduct a door-to-door search at an Orlando apartment complex Monday. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

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