Manhunt for Alleged Orlando Cop Killer Enters Third Day

It has now been more than 48 hours since Orlando Police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton encountered Markeith Loyd, a man already wanted in connection with the murder of his ex-girlfriend in December 2016. Clayton’s encounter allegedly resulted in her being multiple times by Loyd, resulting in her death on Monday, Jan. 9, 2016.

A 33-year-old Orlando man, Zarghee Mayan, faces charges of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder after police arrested him on Tuesday evening for aiding the subject of their manhunt, Markeith Loyd, after Mayan knew Loyd was a fugitive from the law in connection with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Sade Dixon, on Dec. 13, 2016.

Officers responded immediately to the incident that occurred outside a Walmart in Pine Hills, where the manhunt of Markeith Loyd, 41, began after the suspect fled the area. An Orange County sheriff’s deputy, Norman Lewis, received fatal injuries when his motorcycle collided with a van early in the pursuit.

A reward of $60,000 offered for information leading to the apprehension and arrest of Loyd, considered to be armed and dangerous, was offered on January 9. On Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, that reward has been increased to $100,000 as law enforcement from local, state and national levels attempt to find Loyd before he can harm anyone else. Anyone who may see Loyd is reminded not to approach him, but to call 911 instead. Chief Mina also cautioned Orlando residents to avoid any areas where they encounter a large police presence.

Barb Bergin, the executive director of Crimeline, stressed during a news conference with Orlando Police Chief John Mina on Tuesday that anonymous callers with tips as to the whereabouts of Loyd will still be eligible for the reward – and that anonymous means anonymous:

“Please understand, when we say anonymous, they are truly anonymous,” Bergin said. “We will not identify you. We just need to know where he’s at so that no one else is hurt.”

At this time, Loyd is wanted in connection with the December 2016 shooting death of pregnant 24-year-old Sade Dixon, his former girlfriend, the shooting injuries to her brother who tried to come to her aid and the shooting death of 42-year-old Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, a 17 year veteran of the Orlando Police Force.

Funeral services have been scheduled for the two law enforcement officers who lost their lives trying to apprehend Loyd. Funeral services for Norman Lewis, 35, and 11-year veteran of law enforcement are scheduled for Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Orlando. Debra Clayton’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Orlando. A GoFundMe page has been set up for Clayton’s family.

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