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Lt. Debra Clayton's cruiser vandalized, OPD says

Clayton's cruiser placed in front of OPD headquarters to honor her

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(Photo courtesy of OPD)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Lt. Debra Clayton's patrol car was vandalized outside of the Orlando Police Department, the OPD tweeted Friday afternoon.

"I'm deeply saddened that someone would vandalized Lt. Debra Clayton's vehicle," Orlando police Chief John Mina said. "However, I'm comforted knowing the vast majority of this community loves and respects the Orlando Police Department, and the actions of one pathetic person do not reflect the feelings of this warmhearted community."

The police department called the vandalism "unbelievably sad," but did not release any other details. 

Clayton, 42, was shot and killed Jan. 9 outside a Walmart while trying to make contact with Markeith Loyd, who was wanted in the shooting death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend. Loyd was arrested Tuesday night at an abandoned home in the Carver Shores neighborhood of Orlando, bringing a massive nine-day manhunt to an end.

Clayton's car had been parked outside of the OPD headquarters since she was killed as a way for community members to remember and honor her.

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"It's just tradition so that people can come see her vehicle, and you know, it's a piece of her," Mina said.

Mina said it also gave a place for fellow officers to go and pay their respects, as well.

Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this developing story.


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