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Suspect wanted in Orlando sergeant's shooting death has long criminal history

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Law enforcement are searching for Markeith Loyd, 41, who is accused of shooting and killing Orlando police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton.  

9 Investigates found out Loyd has an extensive federal criminal history, including allegations of attacking officers in California, West Virginia and here Orlando.

Here's what we know about Markeith Loyd:

- Loyd is considered armed and dangerous.

- Not only is he suspected of killing Clayton, he is also suspected of shooting and killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, on Dec. 13.

- Dixon's brother, Ronald Steward, was also shot by Loyd and critically injured when he tried to come to Dixon's aid, investigators said.

- Loyd shot at an Orange County deputy, hitting his unmarked SUV twice, and then carjacked a second vehicle and continued to flee, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.

- He abandoned the vehicle near the intersection of Rosewood Avenue and Cinderlane Parkway and fled on foot, deputies said. 

 

 

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

- In 1998, he was accused of punching an Orlando police officer in the eye and ripping his shirt while fleeing during a drug investigation.

-Years later, while serving a federal prison sentence in California, he was accused of striking a correctional officer.

-In 2010, he was accused of assaulting another corrections officer in West Virginia, and having two shanks, which resulted in an additional 27 months on his sentence 

Sources told 9 Investigates’ Karla Ray that Loyd frequented a strip club in Pine Hills, where he posted a Facebook Live video hours before he allegedly killed Dixon.

Police said Loyd was wearing a shirt with the word “security” sprawled across the back when he was approached by Clayton.

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Ray also found a Facebook post by Loyd from a couple months ago which read, “Goals—to be on America’s Most Wanted.” 

Anyone with information on Loyd's whereabouts is asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS or 911.

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