BREAKING NEWS: Suspected cop killer Markeith Loyd taken into custody by Orlando cops

YouTube download / Raw video of suspected cop killer Markeith Loyd being escorted into the Orange County Jail.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer
 
ORLANDO. Fla. -- Markeith Loyd has been captured after a nine-day manhunt, the Orlando Police Department announced on Twitter tonight.

"We've got him! Markeith Loyd in OPD Custody," the OPD tweeted at 7 p.m. "Details to come."

Loyd, 41, has been wanted since Dec. 13, when Orlando PD investigators say he fatally shot his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, 24, and injured her brother when he rushed to help her. Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton was trying to capture him Jan. 9 when she was gunned down in cold blood, allegedly by Loyd at a Wal-Mart.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said on Twitter that Loyd was captured and was wearing Clayton's handcuffs. Mina announced the apprehension of Loyd within a few hours of few hours of the alleged killer's name being added to the U.S. Marshals Office's top 15 most-wanted fugitives list.

Loyd yelled out, "They beat me up! They beat me up!" as Orange County Sheriff's deputies and police escorted him from a patrol vehicle the Orange County Jail in what is known as the "Perp walk." Loyd's face was described by Orlando Sentinel as bloodied with two swollen eyes as he was escorted into the jail facility. And while this was going on, Mina could not help but flash a winning smile for the media cameras.

Just hours earlier, Mina didn't mince words as to what was at stake with this situation in its 13th day: "This is a man who gunned down a pregnant woman and a police officer who was doing her job to protect our community," adding, "I think every law enforcement officer in Central Florida is actively looking for him." 

Orlando Police Chief John MinaJust hours earlier for Markeith Loyd's apprehension, Orlando Police Chief Mina didn't mince words as to what was at stake with this situation in its 13th day: "This is a man who gunned down a pregnant woman and a police officer who was doing her job to protect our community," adding, "I think every law enforcement officer in Central Florida is actively looking for him." Orange County Sheriff Office deputy First Class Norman Lewis also was killed in a traffic accident Jan. 9 during the search for Loyd.

 

 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area in Central Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards in print & digital mediums. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's pursuing a Master of Arts degree in New Media/Journalism (graduation in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, in 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka (FL) Daily News, 2007-2008; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-2004; and cops & courts reporter for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-1996.