Orange County Sheriff's Office

Suspect in slaying of Orlando officer has lengthy record; manhunt enters Day 3

Suspect in slaying of Orlando officer has lengthy record; manhunt enters Day 3

A suspect who is the focus of a manhunt following the fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer has a lengthy criminal record dating back two decades, and authorities had been searching for him in the weeks leading up to the sergeant's killing for questioning in the slaying of his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

Deputies had come close to catching 41-year-old Markeith Loyd but he had eluded them, and arrest warrants were being prepared for people who likely helped him, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said.

"There have been times when we just missed him. He has been able to avoid capture," Demings said.

As the third day of the manhunt for Loyd started...

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