Suspect in Florida police officer's slaying captured

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Jan 17 (Reuters) - The suspect in the killing of an Orlando, Florida, police officer this month was captured on Tuesday, authorities said, ending an extensive manhunt.

Markeith Loyd, 41, was wanted in the fatal shooting of Master Sergeant Debra Clayton on Jan. 9. The shooting took place as police were trying to capture Loyd in the December murder of his pregnant former girlfriend.

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Slain Orlando police officer, Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, is shown in this undated handout photo in Orlando, Florida, provided January 9, 2017.

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Markeith Loyd, wanted in connection with the shooting death of an Orlando police officer, is shown in this undated booking photo in Orlando, Florida released January 9, 2017.

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I just told the family of Deputy Norman Lewis about Markeith Loyd's arrest, loved one says "Thank you Jesus". https://t.co/ZlVkmiaJ7J

Officers parked on the side of S.R. 408 salute as the procession escorting the hearse of slain Orlando Police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton slowly makes it way toward Woodlawn Memorial Park in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017.

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Law enforcement officers salute during funeral services for Orlando Police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton at the First Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017.

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An Orlando Police honor guard carries the flag-draped casket of OPD Master Sgt. Debra Clayton into the First Baptist Orlando Friday, Jan. 13, 2016. Clayton, 42, was shot Monday by Markeith Loyd after she responded to a sighting of him outside a Walmart store. Funeral Services are scheduled for Saturday.

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Motorcycle officers stand at attention during funeral services for funeral services for Orlando Police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton at the First Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017.

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Emmanuel Rodriguez, 31, a police officer at Ft. Worth Police department and a member of the 'Brotherhood of the Fallen' chapter 105, touches the bumper of Master Sgt. Debra Clayton's flowered covered vehicle Friday, Jan. 13, 2016 in Orlando.

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Officers and their families file in to the First Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla., for funeral services for Orlando Police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017.

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An Orlando Police honor guard carries the flag-draped casket of OPD Master Sgt. Debra Clayton into the First Baptist Orlando Friday, Jan. 13, 2016. Clayton, 42, was shot Monday by Markeith Loyd after she responded to a sighting of him outside a Walmart store. Funeral Services are scheduled for Saturday.

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Walmart employees place roses in the mulch outside of the Walmart on Princeton Street on Monday, Jan. 9, 2016 in response to Orlando police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton being allegedly shot and killed by Markeith Loyd earlier in the morning.

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A funeral service for OCSO Deputy First Class Norman Lewis on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at First Baptist Orlando. Lewis, a motorcycle deputy, was struck by a vehicle responding to a scene in conjunction with a manhunt on Jan. 9, 2017 after Orlando Police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, 42, was shot outside a Walmart store in west Orlando, Fla.

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A funeral service for OCSO Deputy First Class Norman Lewis on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at First Baptist Orlando. Lewis, a motorcycle deputy, was struck by a vehicle responding to a scene in conjunction with a manhunt on Jan. 9, 2017 after Orlando Police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, 42, was shot outside a Walmart store in west Orlando, Fla.

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OCSO Motorcycle Deputy Lt. Carl Santiago blows a kiss to OCSO Deputy First Class Norman Lewis during a funeral service on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at First Baptist Orlando. Lewis, a motorcycle deputy, was struck by a vehicle responding to a scene in conjunction with a manhunt on Jan. 9, 2017 after Orlando Police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, 42, was shot outside a Walmart store in west Orlando, Fla.

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OCSO Deputy First Class Norman Lewis' portrait stands next to his casket during his funeral service on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at First Baptist Orlando.

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Florida Highway Patrol troopers show their support for fellow officer OCSO Deputy First Class Norman Lewis during funeral services on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at First Baptist Orlando.

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John and Norma Lewis, parents of Deputy First Class Norman Lewis, during his funeral services on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla.

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An Orange County Sheriff motorcycle with a memorial for Deputy First Class Norman Lewis on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017.

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John and Norma Lewis, parents of Deputy First Class Norman Lewis, are escorted by deputies and Sherrif Jerry Demings on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 in Orlando, Fla.

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'Volley of Three' during funeral services for Deputy First Class Norman Lewis on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla.

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Funeral services for Deputy First Class Norman Lewis on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla.

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"We've got him! Markeith Loyd in OPD custody," the Orlando Police Department said on Twitter. Authorities had offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

Clayton, a decorated 17-year veteran of the Orlando Police Department, was shot while responding to a sighting of Loyd at a Walmart.

She exchanged fire with Loyd, who was wearing body armor at the time and continued to fire when Clayton was down, police have said. Clayton died at a hospital.

Loyd fled the shooting scene in a car and fired at a deputy who tried to the stop him, authorities said. The deputy was unharmed.

Police have said three people were arrested in Florida on charges of having helped Loyd avoid capture in recent weeks.

An Orange County sheriff's deputy in the manhunt for Loyd was killed in a collision between his motorcycle and a van.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson in Washington; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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