Posted on | January 11, 2017 | 1 Comment
It has been two days since an Orlando police officer was shot dead, and while the community continues to grieve, hundreds of law enforcement officers are still searching for the suspected killer.
Orlando police spokeswoman Wanda Miglio said Wednesday morning that investigators were still looking for 41-year-old Markeith Loyd. She declined to give any other updates. . . .
Authorities have been trying to find Loyd since Dec. 13, when he’s accused of fatally shooting his pregnant ex-girlfriend at her home in Pine Hills, a high crime neighborhood just outside the city.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday that it had spent hundreds of hours trying to find Loyd in the days following that shooting and before Monday, when Loyd is suspected of killing Orlando Master Sgt. Debra Clayton when she confronted him at a Wal-Mart. . . .
Chief John Mina has assured Orlando residents that investigators are working around the clock tracking down leads.
Authorities set up a command post at Orange County’s emergency operations center and have teams of detectives tracking down leads, he said Tuesday.
The FBI and Homeland Security also have also chipped in, partnering with local agencies to find Loyd.
Olando police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton didn’t have to stay at her friend’s house for two days to take care of her after surgery.
She was not expected to spend countless hours volunteering with kids in the “dragon boat” program or at community forums calling for an end to the violence.
The 17-year Orlando police veteran, newlywed and mother of an adult son did not need to start a nonprofit for young women and girls who were victims of violence.
But she did, anyway.
“I didn’t know anyone with a bigger heart,” said friend Teresa Sokolovic, holding back tears. “She was an angel.”
Clayton, one of the first officers to respond to the Pulse shooting in June, was gunned down Monday morning near a Wal-Mart on John Young Parkway and Princeton Street while confronting 41-year-old Markeith Loyd, who is wanted for murder. . . .
Orlando police Chief John Mina hailed her as a hero.
“She gave her life protecting the community that she loved,” he said.
Authorities said they have arrested a third person who may have been helping murder suspect Markeith Loyd evade arrest.
Jamesia Slaughter was being questioned around 7 p.m. Wednesday and her arrest was announced around 8:15 p.m. The news comes after Zarghee Mayan, 33, was arrested Tuesday night and Loyd’s niece, Lakensha Smith-Loyd, 27, was arrested Wednesday afternoon.
Mayan and Smith-Loyd were both charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. Officials have not yet said what charges Slaughter will be facing.
Deputies said Mayan has seen Loyd multiple times since he fatally shot his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, in Pine Hills on Dec. 13. In one of those encounters, the two hugged and Mayan realized Loyd was wearing a bulletproof vest.
Mayan gave Loyd money and food in the days after Dixon’s murder, according to an arrest affidavit. He also gave Smith-Loyd $200 to give to her uncle.
(Hat-tip: Donald Douglas at American Power.)