Deputies were called to the scene of the initial shooting just after 7:15 a.m. after receiving word that an “officer needs help.”
An Orange County sheriff’s deputy later spotted the suspected gunman and followed him to a nearby apartment complex, officials said.
The man shot at the deputy but missed and hit his unmarked SUV twice, deputies said. Loyd allegedly carjacked a second vehicle and abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.
Loyd, 41, has been wanted since the Dec. 13 shooting of 24-year-old Sade Dixon, who was killed outside her home. Dixon’s brother, Ronald Steward, also was critically injured when he tried to help her, investigators said.
Loyd served 10 years in prison in 2009 for conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine, according to federal court records. He was released from probation in 2014.
Mayor Buddy Dyer declared Monday an official day of mourning. The two law enforcement deaths occurred on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
James Herman also said he saw the suspect shoot the female Orlando Officer and thought he heard at least 12 shots. He said “(The shooter) was an average looking dude, he walked by me, had a security vest and everything. 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. He took off running. It’s unreal.” James Herman said that the man continued to shoot behind him as he was running from the scene. He said that he hit the ground, and that he thought the suspect was a security guard for Walmart.
The unidentified Orange County Deputy on a motorcycle was looking for the suspect when a car pulled in front of him and the deputy died of his injuries. Sheriff Demings has not yet identified the deputy, but the deputy was described as a gentle giant of a man.
The suspect in the murder of Sergeant Debra Clayton, Markeith Loyd, is still at large and the manhunt is still in progress at the time of this writing.