ORLANDO, FL (WBKO) -- "We will find this killer. We will bring him to justice. We will make sure that the lives that we lost were not lost in vain," vowed Mayor Teresa Jacobs of Orange County, Florida.
Orlando law enforcement is on the hunt for a man police say shot and killed an officer who was confronting him over the murder of his ex-girlfriend. Authorities say Orlando Police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton was pursuing Markeith Loyd outside a Walmart Monday morning, when Loyd turned and shot Clayton. A witness says Loyd continued shooting behind him as he ran. Clayton, a 17-year veteran and mother of two, was taken to the hospital where she later died.
At the time of the shooting, Loyd was wanted by police for killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and critically injuring her brother last month.
Loyd shot at an Orange County sheriff's captain earlier Monday morning, and was evading police when Clayton spotted him.
As authorities scrambled to find Loyd, another officer, Orange County Sheriff's Deputy First Class Norman Lewis, was killed in a crash. Orange County Sheriff Jerry l. Demings lamented, "Not only did we lose an Orlando police officer today, we lost an Orange County sheriff's deputy as well, who was traveling on his motorcycle, as a result of these broad efforts that we have underway"
Authorities vow to continue the search for Loyd until they say he is brought to justice for taking two of their own on this Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.