$100K reward for information leading to arrest of gunman in OPD sergeant's death

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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, remains at large.

Law enforcement officers are now turning their attention to anyone who may be helping, Markeith Loyd.

"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.

Live Blog: Manhunt underway for Markeith Loyd

A day after Orlando police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, 42, was shot and killed, a massive manhunt for Loyd, 41, continued Tuesday.

Investigators have received about 300 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 says 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,” 

GoFundMe account created for family of Master Sgt. Clayton

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.

"FBI Most Wanted" tweeted a photo of Loyd Tuesday.

A resident said SWAT teams demanded people in two apartments in Orange County to show their faces.

"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. 

Watch: Chief Mina, Sheriff Demings update on search for Loyd 

Markeith Loyd is wanted for the killing of his pregnant ex-girlfriend in December. He is also accused of shooting and killed Orlando police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton.
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“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."

Raw : Witness describes shooting

Clayton died Monday morning at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Photos: OPD Master Sgt. Debra Clayton

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.

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Orange County Sheriff Deputy Norm Lewis
Master Sgt. Debra Clayton had only been married one year before she was shot and killed outside a Walmart in Pine Hills.

Chief Mina: Slain sergeant was ‘amazing person, dedicated police officer'

Mina said law enforcement believes that Loyd has been receiving help to stay hidden from officers. 

"We are working to get arrest warrants signed at this moment for individuals who we believe to have aided and abetted for the last several weeks," said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings. 

Demings warned anyone who is helping Loyd, that they should "stand ready to be charged yourself."

"They are imperiling themselves, because he's a dangerous individual, and we certainly want to be able to peacefully take him into custody, but if we're not able to do that, you don't want to be anywhere around that," Demings said. 

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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.

 

Photos: At the scene of Orlando officer shooting

Clayton, a mother and a 17-year veteran of the force, was carried out from ORMC Monday in a flag-draped coffin and was driven from the hospital, accompanied by a police escort.

Watch: Sgt. Clayton given police escort 

"We were certainly sad yesterday," Demings said Tuesday. "That was probably one of the saddest  moments that most of us will ever experience in our careers. But by the same token, because one of our loved ones was taken away so quickly yesterday, it helps to motivate us to get out today (and) to do our jobs."

Watch: Chief Mina, Sheriff Demings discuss deaths of law enforcement officers

Loyd is a convicted felon and he has been arrested in Orange County 20 times since 1994, court records said.

Markeith Loyd and Sade Dixon
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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.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

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