ORLANDO, Fla. – The fugitive accused of killing an Orlando police sergeant and his pregnant ex-girlfriend was caught late Tuesday hiding out in an abandoned home wearing body armor and armed with two handguns, officials said. In a symbolic move of justice, he was taken to jail wearing the handcuffs of the late Master Sgt. Debra Clayton according to the Orlando Police Department.

Clayton was murdered Jan. 9 outside an Orlando Walmart. Police from several agencies have been scouring the area for Markeith Loyd, 41, ever since then.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said Loyd, 41, was found in an abandoned home around 7 p.m. ET on Lescot Lane in Orlando “right around the corner” from Clayton’s mother’s house, reported Fox News.


When police converged on the home, Loyd tried to escape from the rear, but officers were in place. Once he discovered this fact, he retreated into the home, according to Chief Mina. Loyd then came out the front door wearing body armor and armed with two handguns, including one with a 100-round drum-magazine attached.

Officers met the fugitive in front as he threw the weapons to the ground. The chief said Loyd resisted as officers tried to arrest him, and he sustained some minor facial injuries as a result.

“I’m very happy no officers or citizens were hurt in his arrest,” Mina told reporters. “I’m just happy he’s in custody.”

The entire Orlando community is going to “breath a sigh of relief,” said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, following Loyd’s capture. “This maniac is off the streets of our community,” he said late Tuesday.

The fugitive will be charged with two counts of first-degree murder, in addition to two counts of aggravated assault of a firearm, according to Demings.

It required great police work to capture Loyd, according to Chief Mina, not an anonymous tip. He added that officers used Clayton’s handcuffs to secure Loyd.

In another tweet from Orlando Police Department read, “You wore Badge #9 and we lost you on the 9th. 9 days later you were able to use your handcuffs one last time. RIP Lt Clayton.”

(Feature photo source LuAnn Sorrell Twitter feed)