Orlando, FL - An Orlando Police Department Sergeant was murdered Monday morning and the suspect, Markeith Loyd, is still on the run.
According to WFTV9ABC, the Orlando Officer had been shopping inside Walmart and was putting bags into the trunk of her vehicle in the parking lot when another unidentified shopper approached her. A witness, James Herman, said that the shopper told her that a man who was wanted was inside the store, in one of the check out lines. He said that he thought the Officer was going inside to confront the suspect, who was coming out the door at the same time.
James Herman also said he saw the suspect shoot the female Orlando Officer and thought he heard at least 12 shots. He said “(The shooter) was an average looking dude, he walked by me, had a security vest and everything. I was walking down the sidewalk, right past the officer, and I heard her tell him to stop, or whatever, and he shot her. He shot her down. He took off running. It’s unreal.” James Herman said that the man continued to shoot behind him as he was running from the scene. He said that he hit the ground, and that he thought the suspect was a security guard for Walmart.
There is a massive manhunt underway for Loyd.
The Orlando Police Department family is heartbroken today. One of our own was taken in the line of duty. There are no words. pic.twitter.com/M48o1nnr4h
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) January 9, 2017
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