UPDATE (10:15 a.m.) – Authorities in Orlando say that an Orange County deputy sheriff was killed in a traffic accident while searching for a suspect in the shooting death of an Orlando police officer Monday.
Sheriff Jerry Demings told a press conference that the deputy sheriff was riding a motorcycle while pursuing Markeith Loyd, 41. Loyd is suspected in the shooting death of Master Sgt. Debra Clayton. A massive manhunt was underway for him Monday.
Clayton was shot and killed in the line of duty near a Walmart in Orlando.
ORLANDO, Florida – A manhunt has been launched after a female police officer was shot near an Orlando Walmart, officials said.
CBS Orlando affiliate WKMG reports the shooting happened near the Walmart at Princeton Street and John Young Parkway.
The Orlando police officer was rushed to hospital after the shooting, but passed away after arriving. The Orlando Police Department, still recovering from the worst mass shooting in American history, has provided few details so far.
Police have released the name of the suspect in the shooting — Markeith Lloyd — but have not explained what they believe happened.
Local news radio producer Laurel Lee said witnesses described the officer getting shot multiple times.
WKMG reports traffic near the Walmart has been brought to a standstill as police investigate. Motorists are being advised to avoid the area altogether.
As the manhunt continues, 13 local schools have been shut down.
Law enforcement agencies in Central Florida sent condolences to the Orlando Police Department after the shooting.