ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Eyewitness News reporter Jeff Deal has discovered claims of violence made by Markeith Loyd’s estranged wife.
"Markeith Loyd is a suspect this community is familiar with. He should be considered armed and dangerous,” said Orlando police Chief John Mina.
Loyd is a convicted felon with 20 arrests and spent time in federal prison in a drug case.
Loyd’s estranged wife filed a petition in 2015 for a domestic violence injunction. She wrote: "My husband Markeith Loyd shot me in my leg. I didn't call police because I was afraid. Markeith said he would kill my kids and family."
The woman said Loyd was “yelling he is going to kill me. He said he is not scared of the police & he would kill them."
Records show the injunction was never granted since his estranged wife decided to dismiss it.
Loyd later filed for an injunction against her, then filed for divorce from his wife a month before the killing of Dixon.
- Chief Mina: Slain sergeant was ‘amazing person, dedicated police officer'
- Photos: At the scene of Orlando officer shooting
- Watch: Sgt. Clayton given police escort
© 2018 Cox Media Group.