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For Immediate Release

Contact:
January 18, 2017 James Badway, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of Florida (813) 484-4232;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Manhunt For Alleged Florida Cop Killer Is Finally Over
Fugitive on U.S. Marshal’s 15 Most Wanted list less than 24 hours before arrest
 

Markeith Loyd (Captured)Washington – The manhunt for alleged cop killer Markeith Loyd is over. U.S. Marshals along with officers from the Orlando Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement located the fugitive in an abandoned home in west Orlando, Florida, at approximately 7 p.m. Tuesday and took him into custody.

Found wearing body armor and carrying two handguns, Loyd initially resisted arrest, but soon surrendered as he was placed in handcuffs belonging to Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton, the officer he allegedly killed on Jan. 9.

Loyd is not only facing charges related to Clayton’s death, but he is also facing two counts of first-degree murder stemming from his alleged involvement in the Dec. 13 killing of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, 24-year-old Sade Dixon.

The U.S. Marshals had added Loyd to their 15 Most Wanted list of fugitives Tuesday and added $25,000 to the previous $100,000 reward offer.

Loyd is currently being held in the Orange County Jail.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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