Local Leaders held a press conference on Monday morning, following the shooting death of Orlando Police Officer Debra Clayton, and a yet to be named Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy who was killed responding to the incident.
Orlando Police Chief John Mina and Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, were joined by Florida Governor Rick Scott, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs where they announced how much the officers will be missed and what steps were being taken to apprehend 41 year old Markeith Loyd, who is currently at large.
“Federal and state authorities are working together to bring him to justice and he will be brought to justice” said Mina.
The investigation is ongoing but early reports indicate that Loyd allegedly opened fire at the 17 year OPD Veteran and Mother of two at a Wal-Mart in the Princeton and John Young Parkway area. When officers responded another shooting took place before Loyd was able to escape. He was last seen in the Pine Hills and Rosemont areas. The deputy was killed in a traffic accident heading to the scene. Law enforcement officials are withholding the name of the deceased deputy until any family can be notified.
Loyd is also wanted in the December shooting deaths of a pregnant mother also in the Pine Hills area.
“We are sad on this day for many reasons, but looking at the faces of my staff, we are 100% committed to doing this job.” said Demings.
*This is a developing story check back for updates.*