Murder suspect Markeith Loyd has been captured after a more-than-month-long manhunt during which he is accused of killing an Orlando, Florida, police officer, authorities said Tuesday evening.
“They beat me up. They beat me up,” Loyd yelled to reporters as he was hustled into a back entrance to police headquarters, shackled in the handcuffs belonging to the cop he is accused of killing.
Loyd, 41, had been sought in connection with the shooting deaths on Dec. 13 of Sade Dixon, 24, a mother of two who was three months pregnant, and of Orlando police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton during a confrontation on Jan. 9. Orange County sheriff’s Deputy Norman Lewis, an 11-year veteran, was killed in a crash as authorities gave pursuit.
Orlando Police Chief John Mina told reporters that Loyd was captured about 7 p.m. at an abandoned house in west Orlando near the home of Clayton’s mother. He was wearing body armor and was armed with two weapons, which he threw to the ground, Mina said.
One of the weapons, a Glock handgun, had been modified to carry a 100-round drum of ammunition, Mina said.