Orlando police officer shot; suspect at large

A female police officer was shot and killed Monday morning near a Walmart location in Orlando. A search for the suspect is ongoing.

The Orlando Police Department tweeted Monday that Markeith Loyd has been identified as the suspect. Thirteen schools in the area have been placed on lockdown.

News 96.5 radio’s Laurel Lee said in a tweet that according to two witnesses, the officer was shot numerous times by man wearing a security uniform at the Princeton Walmart.

ClickOrlando.com said Loyd is a suspect in the death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Loyd was spotted fleeing the scene in a vehicle by one of its deputies at North Lane and Pine Hills Drive. Loyd pulled into a nearby apartment complex and fired at the deputy, which is attempted murder on an law enforcement officer, striking his unmarked OCSO SUV twice. The deputy was unharmed.

Loyd then carjacked a vehicle and fled again. He later abandoned that vehicle near the intersection of Rosemont and Cinderlane Parkway where a manhunt for him is underway.

Sheriff Jerry Demings is on the scene and has directed deputies to assist the Orlando Police Department and Chief John Mina with the ongoing investigation. Additionally, Demings has directed resources and deputies to the ongoing manhunt near Rosemont and Cinderlane Parkway.

Loyd is considered armed and dangerous. While the departments are asking the public to assist with information on his whereabouts, they ask the public not to approach him and call 9-1-1 instead.