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Suspected gunman still on run as manhunt continues in Orlando officer's shooting death

by: WFTV.com Updated:

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PINE HILLS, Fla. - A massive manhunt was still underway Tuesday morning for an “armed and dangerous” man accused of shooting and killing an Orlando, Florida, police master sergeant.

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Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, 42, died Monday morning at Orlando Regional Medical Center after Markeith Loyd shot her three times outside a Pine Hills-area Walmart, police said.

“We’re not going anywhere. If we don’t have this individual by nightfall, we are not going anywhere,” said Orlando police Chief John Mina.

That sentiment still rang true as the search reached its 11th hour.

Authorities are offering a $60,000 reward for information on the whereabouts of Loyd. 

"We're going to bring this dirtbag to justice and he's going to jail," Mina said.

Dozens of police vehicles descended on the area around the intersection of Pine Hills Road and North Lane, just south of Royal Oaks and Pineview apartments.

"We have searched dozens of apartments and residences in an effort to find the suspect and bring him in. We have deployed numerous officers and detectives who specialize in looking for suspects who try and avoid capture. We are using every resource possible to find him and arrest him," Mina said.

But by nightfall, only a few police cruisers remained outside a lone apartment in a complex that had been swarming with SWAT team members looking for Loyd.

Mina said law enforcement believes that Loyd has been receiving help to stay hidden from officers. 

Law enforcement officials warned that anyone helping Loyd hide could face serious charges.