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.
Cocktails & Coins! Inside Aisha Tyler’s Wild Life After Divorce & Departure From ‘The Talk’
Aisha Tyler went through a few MAJOR life changes over the past two years and now, the actress is back on top living life to the fullest.
In 2016, Tyler’s college love and husband of 20 years, Jeff Tietjens, filed for divorce from the actress. As if that weren’t an emotional challenge to overcome, Tyler was then ordered to pay Tietjens $31,250 a month in spousal support for the next four years, plus a lump sum of $500k.
Following the emotional split, Tyler’s career then took a big turn when she walked away from CBS’s The Talk. Just eight months ago, the actress left the show to pursue other passions. “I also have three other series (Criminal Minds, hosting Whose Line Is It Anyway? and voicing a character on Archer),” the actress said during the big announcement. “People always go, ‘How do you do all that?’ And I don’t always have an answer.”
While it might sound like Tyler’s woes and 360 of a life might seem completely damaging, it all turned for the better. “The unknown can be very compelling and can be interesting. Instead of thinking about it as change, think about it as dynamism,” she told HipHollywood during the screening of Dwyane Wade’s, Shot in the Dark.
She explained, “You can’t stay the same, your life can’t stay the same. Staying the same is staying in place and staying in place is dying slowly. For me, I always reminded myself I’m not always going to feel this way, it’s not always going to be this tuff.”
“You cannot get through this experience on this planet without a little bit of pain and you need to know that and see that it’s temporary,” Aisha said. “My life is so interesting now and it wouldn’t have been without going through the stuff that I’ve been through. It’s been good for me; all this change.”
The actress is not only the star of some major network shows, but she also is about to launch her new cocktail line, Courage and Stone. “It’s been a really really exciting process,” she told us. “It really came out of my love of cocktails, my love of going to great bars and then going home and being like ‘I don’t know how to do all this.'”
Tyler then admitted that she was a whiskey girl at heart and that when she left the Talk “Julie Chen put me in a whiskey of the month club. She she’s doubled my collection in the last couple of months.”
Set to releae late spring early summer 2018.
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