UPDATE 11:35 a.m. – Authorities say a deputy has been killed in a motorcycle crash while searching for a suspect in the shooting death of an Orlando police officer.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told a press conference Monday that another vehicle turned in front of the deputy, who was riding a motorcycle in pursuit of 41-year-old Markeith Loyd. Loyd is suspected in the shooting death of Master Sgt. Debra Clayton. A massive manhunt was underway for him.
Clayton was shot and killed in the line of duty near a Wal-Mart in Orlando. Police Chief John Mina says Loyd also is wanted in the slaying of a pregnant woman.
ORLANDO (AP) – An Orlando police officer who was gunned down while on duty has died.
Orlando police announced the officer’s death on its official Twitter account Monday morning. The shooting happened near a Walmart store in Orlando earlier Monday morning.
BREAKING: Orlando police say an officer who was shot while on duty has died; manhunt underway for suspect.
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 9, 2017
With the Twitter post was a video of the officer’s body being taken out of the hospital to a waiting van in a flag-covered stretcher.
Police tell news outlets that suspect Markeith Loyd is still on the run. A massive manhunt is underway and several schools are in lockdown mode.
This story is developing and will be updated.