A manhunt is currently underway in Orlando, Florida, for a man who shot and killed a 17-year police veteran, wife and mother of two.
On Monday morning, Orlando police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton was attempting to make contact with a murder suspect at a Walmart. A short two minutes after attempting to detain the man, officials received a call of an officer shot.
According to witness James Herman, “I was walking down the sidewalk, right past the officer, and I heard her tell him to stop, or whatever, and he shot her. He shot her down. He took off running. It’s unreal.”
Herman explained to Channel 9 News, “As he was running, he was shooting back, he was shooting backwards. I hit the ground on the side over here because I wasn’t sure where the shooting was coming from at first.”
Police later identified the suspect as 41-year-old Markeith Loyd, who, one month ago, murdered his pregnant girlfriend and got away.
“The Orlando Police Department family is heartbroken today,” the department tweeted after the heartbreaking occurrence. “One of our own was taken in the line of duty. There are no words.”
The Orlando Police Department family is heartbroken today. One of our own was taken in the line of duty. There are no words. pic.twitter.com/M48o1nnr4h
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) January 9, 2017
The department also shared several photos of Clayton on social media, calling her a hero and a woman who always had a smile for the kids. “Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, wkd dayshift patrol, will be missed beyond words. She always had a smile/high five 4 every/kid she came across,” one tweet read.
Per officials, Clayton was also one of the first officers to arrive to the tragic mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub last year.
Unfortunately for the city, the morning was far from over.
Following the officer involved shooting, multiple agencies set out for an intense manhunt to find the suspected killer.
During the race to find Loyd, an Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy on a motorcycle was killed in a crash. According to officials, “a motorist turned in front of him. Based on eyewitness testimony, he had a green light, he was not traveling at any (high) rate of speed.”
Mayor Buddy Dyer has already called today an official day of mourning.
The suspected murderer, meanwhile, is still at large. Authorities are now offering a $60,000 reward. “We’re going to bring this dirtbag to justice and he’s going to jail,” Orlando police Chief John Mina said.
Watch: Halle Berry Issues Whiskey Challenge During ‘Kingsman’ Interview
Halle Berry proved she could hang with the fellas when she downed a glass of whiskey at Comic Con alongside her Kingsman: The Golden Circle co-stars. But don’t expect her to do that again.
“No more, no more,” she said after hilariously bolting from the room when we asked her if she’d drink another glass. “I will never [do it again], and no one lets me live down the fact that I did it either.”
According to Berry she was ill for three days after, but that didn’t stop her and Pedro Pascal from daring me to throw back a glass right before our interview.
Not one to turn down a challenge, I did it, and received a round of applause and high fives before preceding to discuss the duo’s roles and why they decided to join the cast of Kingsman.
“Matthew Vaughn’s version of these movies always interested me” explained Berry who is no stranger to spy flicks after starring in the James Bond film Die Another Day. “I was apart of the Bond series and I feel like this is similar but it’s also for the new generation.”
She continued, “Some of the elements are the same but I call it spy thriller 2.0, he takes it to the next level that no one else does right now.”
In the film Berry, Pascal, Jeff Bridges and Channing Tatum play members of the Statesmen – a U.S. Spy agency operating out of a Kentucky Bourbon distillery. Pascal told us he gained a newfound appreciation for men in suits, but still prefers his jeans.
“I play agent whiskey. I’m a southern gentlemen so I’m a little more buttoned up … I’m like the stateside version of those square pegs from across the pond,” he joked.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle hits theaters September 22.
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