ORLANDO, Fla. - The man who investigators said shot and killed an Orlando police master sergeant, and led to the death of an Orange County deputy, remained at large Wednesday.
Law enforcement officers are now turning their attention to anyone who may be helping, Markeith Loyd.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office announced on Wednesday that a man was arrested for hiding information about Loyd's whereabouts.
Deputies also arrested Loyd's niece, Lakensha Smith-Loyd on Wednesday.
"We will come after those who are harboring him," said Orlando Police Chief John Mina.
Law enforcement has raised the reward to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of Loyd.
Deputies searched an apartment complex Wednesday for signs of Loyd, but nothing turned up.
Investigators also swarmed the area around Florida Hospital late Wednesday for reports of a Loyd sighting in the hospital’s parking garage, but police did not find him.
The hospital was placed on lockdown during the search, causing alarm for people in the area.
"I think everybody is pretty alert about it and everybody is being cautious so maybe a little overly cautious but it's better safe than sorry,” said Darlene Ralston, whose husband is a patient at the hospital.
It was one of several locations where a heavy police presence was spotted in search of Loyd.
Skywitness 9 captured law enforcement gathered at Hiawassee Road and State Road 408 in west Orange County about 3 p.m.
"That is something that is a priority for the Orange County Sheriff's Office, for the Orlando Police Department and with the aid of our partner sister agencies in and around Central Florida, state and federal authorities," said Angelo Nieves, with the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators are remaining tight-lipped about where they believe Loyd might be hiding, and police temporarily deactivated the list of the calls for service on the city website.
After the Monday morning shooting of Orlando police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, 42, a massive manhunt for Loyd, 41, was launched.
Investigators have received about 550 tips since Monday, but executive director of Crimeline urged the community to keep the tips coming.
“If you know where he’s at and you call us, we will have people prepared to dispatch to go capture him,” said Barb Bergin.
Sharon Felton has lived in Pine Hills for more than 20 years. She said with a suspected killer now on the loose - the community is on edge.
"Whoever has him, please turn him in cause it (is not) doing you a bit of good, him a bit of good and this city is not going to rest until (you all) capture him,”
Mina said every possible resource is being used to find Loyd.
"We have searched dozens of apartments and residences in an effort to find the suspect and bring him in. We have deployed numerous officers and detectives who specialize in looking for suspects who try and avoid capture. We are using every resource possible to find him and arrest him," Mina said.
A resident said SWAT teams demanded people in two apartments in Orange County to show their faces on Tuesday.
"One of the cops told me I had to come back inside because there was a man running around with a gun around, and there was cops everywhere all day," said a resident, who did not want to be identified.
Loyd is considered armed and dangerous, police said.
"He is not going to go down unless we make an arrest. He is a danger to citizens as he was a danger to Sade Dixon," Nieves said.
“Anytime a person guns down a law enforcement officer in broad daylight, we are going to use all resources available,“ Mina said.
Clayton was outside a Walmart in Pine Hills Monday when she was approached by a shopper.
"The customer walked up to her and said that someone they were looking for, wanted, was in the store in the line to check out," a witness said. "She went in there, I guess, to confront him. As she was going back to Walmart, he was coming out, and he shot her."
Clayton died Monday morning at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Clayton's funeral will be held at the First Baptist Orlando at 3000 South John Young Parkway on Saturday at 2 p.m.
"There are hundreds of officers and deputies working around the clock. There are teams of detectives assigned just to following up leads to catch Markeith Loyd. We will not stop until we find him," said Mina.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer declared Monday a day of mourning in memory of Clayton and Senior Orange County Sheriff's Office motorcycle Deputy Norm Lewis, who died in a crash while searching for Loyd.
Demings promised that justice would be served in Clayton and Lewis' deaths.
"We don't go home," Demings said. "We work 24/7, regardless of the circumstances."
"We want the community to know that it's safe to go about their day-to-day activities. But if they do see a large law enforcement presence, just avoid that immediate area," Mina said.
Sheriff Demings: We have a unified command with local and state assets. If you aid and abet Loyd, you will be charged with a crime.— OCSO FL News (@OrangeCoSheriff) January 9, 2017
Authorities said Loyd was also wanted in connection with the shooting death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon. He has been on the run since Dec. 13, when Dixon, 24, was shot to death outside her home in the 6000 block of Long Peak Drive.
Dixon's brother, Ronald Steward, was also shot and critically injured when he tried to come to her aid, investigators said.
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- Children in home when pregnant mother shot to death, officials say
- Funeral arrangements, memorial announced for Orange County deputy killed in line of duty
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