Police investigation reveals security cams at a nearby store reportedly show killer Markeith Loyd standing directly over lady-cop Lt. Debra Clayton, already wounded and bleeding and lying on her back. As the cameras rolled, they capture images of Loyd reportedly unloading his weapon, repeatedly firing shots into the fallen Orlando Police officer.
The warrant pinpoints the shooting at 7:15 a.m., January 9. Officer Debra Clayton was on duty and at a local Orlando Walmart. It reveals that a witness sought out Officer Clayton; they told her her Loyd, wanted for the December 13 murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, was inside the Walmart.
Officer Clayton, knowing full well that a nine-day manhunt for Loyd was ongoing, called for backup, and before a backup patrol car could get there, she radioed in, announced on the police radio she was in “foot pursuit.” Gunshots could then be heard ringing.
Walmart cameras show Loyd darting between two cement columns as Clayton gave chase. The video shows Loyd hiding behind one of the columns and when Clayton comes around one of them, she saw the suspect pointing a gun at her. Clayton pulled and went the other way, but Loyd then pulled his trigger three times, shooting Officer Clayton once in the hip. She fell to the ground, but not giving up, rolled onto her back, pointing her police-issued weapon at Loyd who was then coming toward her as she lay prone.
Markeith Loyd's mug after he was booked into jail. pic.twitter.com/tiEqC1T21K
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“The suspect advances toward her with his right arm outstretched and repeatedly firing his gun,” the warrant read.
Clayton fired back, but the warrant says Lord then actually ran around her, his gun pointing toward her head, and peeled off multiple shots before racing to a parked car and fleeing the scene.
Clayton was a police master sergeant when she was killed. She was promoted to lieutenant on the day of her funeral, Orlando police confirmed.
In court for a first hearing, suspect Loyd was combative from the get-go, interrupting the judge to yell out, “My name is Markeith Loyd, who are you? Lady in the black dress, who are you?”
In response to questions from Judge Jeanette Dejuras Bigney, Loyd responded that the events were being exaggerated.
“Y’all making up s—, like I just went in there and shot this girl, endangering my family … Y’all portray this s— to the news people like I just went in there and shot this girl.”
While leaving the courtroom Thursday, Loyd said to Judge Bigney, “F— you.” Loyd is charged with first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, attempted first-degree murder with a firearm, carjacking with a firearm, aggravated assault and wearing a bulletproof vest.
He is also charged with the first-degree murder of pregnant Sade Dixon, the unlawful killing of an unborn child, attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. The judge ordered him held without bond.
OPD released video of Loyd’s capture in which he is crawling from a house and toward officers. When he stopped crawling, cops approached him and one officer appeared to kick Loyd in the head. The chopper then panned away.
Police Chief Mina responded, “The officers were very concerned about what was underneath him. After they handcuffed him and searched him, pulled off his body armor, he had a large bag of ammunition.”
Calling him a “cold-blooded, ruthless killer,” Mina said Loyd’s “long and violent history” will be factored into the use-of-force investigation.
In the arrest warrant, Loyd reportedly blamed Clayton for her own death, stating “she pulled her gun out first,” and that the shooting might not have happened if Clayton had “waited for backup.”
Loyd, 43, arrested at least 20 times since 1994, was sentenced to ten years in prison for conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine in 1999. In 2011, he got 27 months for having of two shanks, homemade weapons, in federal custody. Other charges include aggravated battery, trespassing and drugs.
Reportedly, on November 30, 2016, Loyd posted on Facebook,
“Goals!!!! To be on Americas most wanted.”
[Feature Photo: Orlando PD]