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Suspect in officer's shooting armed when caught

4 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, January 17 2017 Jan 17, 2017 January 17, 2017 6:38 PM January 17, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

ORLANDO, Fla. - Police say a man wanted in the fatal shootings of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an Orlando police officer was wearing body armor and armed with two handguns when he was arrested at an abandoned house.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said during a news conference that 41-year-old Markeith Loyd was arrested Tuesday night after the home was surrounded by SWAT officers. Authorities say Loyd initially tried to escape out the back but then ran back inside the house and ultimately surrendered in the front yard.

Loyd has been the focus of a weeklong manhunt since Lt. Debra Clayton was killed in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Before the Jan. 9 shooting, authorities had been looking for Loyd for questioning in the death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend last month.

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