ORLANDO, Fla. – Lt. Debra Clayton was lying on her back when Markeith Loyd fatally shot her "execution style" in the neck during their encounter at an Orlando Walmart on Jan. 9, according to a newly released warrant.
Clayton was leaving the John Young Parkway grocery store around 7:15 a.m. when a woman approached her and told her that Loyd, who was wanted in connection with the shooting death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, was behind her in line at the store.
Loyd wore camouflage pants, black shoes and a black shirt with the word "Security" printed on it. Underneath it was the same type of bulletproof vest that the Orlando Police Department uses, officials said. The murder suspect was at the store buying a black hoodie and some grocery items.
Clayton ran approximately 10 feet behind Loyd as he ran between two concrete pillars. Loyd looped around one of the pillars, drew his gun and pointed it at Clayton, the report said. Clayton pulled out her gun and turned to run toward the parking lot when Loyd fired three rounds at her, according to police.
One of the bullets hit Clayton in her right hip, causing her to fall on the ground and hit her face on the pavement. The other two bullets struck vehicles that were parked nearby.
Still lying on the ground with no way to take cover, the officer rolled onto her back and aimed at Loyd, the report said.
The suspect walked toward Clayton and fired several shots, police said. Clayton fired at him seven times. Loyd ran counterclockwise around Clayton, took aim toward her head and fired several more rounds, the warrant said.