What a terrible day it is in Orlando. Two police officers have lost their lives today, all because of one scumbag murderer.
The first one is named Debra Clayton and was a 17-year veteran of the Orlando Police department:
— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) January 9, 2017
The other has not been named yet.
Here’s how it happened:
— CNN (@CNN) January 9, 2017
CNN – The chief said Clayton was trying to contact a murder suspect at a Walmart at 7:17 a.m. Two minutes later, police received a call of an officer shot.
Witness James Herman told CNN affiliate WFTV the gunman was wearing a security uniform.
“He walked by me, had a security vest and everything,” Herman said.
“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.”
Herman said the man continued to shoot behind him as he was running from the scene.
Police identified the suspect as Markeith Loyd. Mina said he is also wanted for the killing of a pregnant woman.
Authorities across Orange County scrambled to find Loyd. During the manhunt, a sheriff’s deputy was killed in a crash, Demings said.
“Not only did we lose an Orlando police officer today, we lost an Orange County deputy sheriff as well who was traveling on his motorcycle,” the sheriff said.
“A motorist turned in front of him. Based on eyewitness testimony, he had a green light, he was not traveling at any (high) rate of speed.”
The deputy’s name has not been released pending notification of relatives.
Police officers like Debra Clayton put themselves in danger for us on a daily basis. I could never do that job but I’m forever thankful that Clayton and people like her are willing to so we can be safe.