Slain officer identified as 17-year-veteran of OPDWESH 2 News
Updated: 2:50 PM EST Jan 9, 2017
ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando police have identified the officer who was gunned down while on duty Monday morning.
Chief John Mina identified the slain officer as Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, a 17-year-veteran of the department.
Clayton was shot and killed in the line of duty near a Walmart in Orlando.
Police Chief John Mina said the suspect, Markieth Loyd, 41, also is also wanted in the slaying of a pregnant woman.
Colleagues of Clayton said she was married and a mother of two. She was being remembered Monday as a person who always had a smile on her face and often took time out of her day to interact with the community.
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Slain Orlando police officer Debra Clayton called a hero
January 9, 2017
A sheriff's deputy later was killed in a crash with a 78-year-old driver.
Debra Clayton, the 17-year Orlando police officer killed Monday morning, was hailed as a hero by Chief John Mina.
"She will be deeply missed," Mina said
Clayton, 42, was married and the mother of an adult son who is in college, according to Mina. She was assigned to dayshift patrol and will be "missed beyond words."
"She always had a smile [and] high five for every kid she came across," the department tweeted.
Hours after the killing, friends gathered in front of her home on a tree-lined street in Ocoee, where neighbors say they shared power washers and tools with each other.
Teresa Sokolovic, a teacher at St. Cloud High School, met Clayton in December 2015 at a charity event at Camping World Stadium.
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Click Orlando - An Orange County Sheriff's Office deputy was struck and killed Monday morning during a search for a man who is accused of killing an Orlando police officer, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The deputy, identified around 5 p.m. Monday as Deputy First Class Norman Lewis, was on a motorcycle when a van hit him. Lewis, 35, was hired at the Orange County Sheriff's Office in 2005. He's a University of Central Florida alumnus and played football for the Knights, deputies said.