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Orlando police officer dies following shooting; manhunt launched

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NewsHubLast Updated Jan 9, 2017 10:25 AM EST
“The @OrlandoPolice Department is heartbroken today. One of our own was taken in the line of duty. ” https://t.co/GrrXAfAA4S pic.twitter.com/oLoaKae2mb
Police are searching for Markeith Loyd, 41, who was spotted Monday morning fleeing in a vehicle from the Walmart near Princeton Avenue and John Young Parkway, where the Orlando officer was shot, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.
CBS Orlando affiliate WKMG reports Loyd is also wanted in connection with the slaying of his pregnant ex-girlfriend .
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
Police have released the name of the suspect in the shooting — Markeith Loyd — but have not explained what they believe happened.
Local news radio producer Laurel Lee said witnesses described the officer getting shot multiple times.
BREAKING: According 2 witness, a female Orlando police officer was shot numerous times by man wearing a security uniform @ Princeton Walmart
WKMG reports traffic near the Walmart has been brought to a standstill as police investigate. Motorists are being advised to avoid the area altogether.
Traffic at a standstill on John Young Pkwy as emergency crews continue responding after an officer was shot. pic.twitter.com/XO1uAhnWHe
As the manhunt continues, 13 local schools were placed on lockdown.
Law enforcement agencies in central Florida sent condolences to the Orlando Police Department after the shooting.

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