The Latest: Call center officers looking for suspect tips
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Latest on the fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer (all times local):
Hundreds of deputies and officers in Florida are searching for a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer, but authorities say a jumping off point for his capture may come from a call center staffed by five workers.
Authorities in Orlando are hoping tips from the public into a Crimeline call center can help lead to 41-year-old Markeith Loyd, the focus of a manhunt that entered its third day on Wednesday.
Barb Bergin, Crimeline's executive director, says the $100,000 being offered as a reward for a tip that leads to Loyd's arrest is unprecedented for the local Crimeline.
Authorities believe tips may be especially important in locating Loyd since they believe others are helping him hide. Bergin says all tips are being followed up.
Master Sgt. Debra Clayton was fatally shot Monday morning after she approached Loyd in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store.
Police Chief John Mina says federal, state and local authorities are taking part in the manhunt.
Mina isn't giving any details about search tactics but he says law enforcement agencies in Florida and around the nation are on alert for Loyd.
A suspect who's the focus of a manhunt following the fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer has a lengthy criminal record dating back two decades.
Authorities on Wednesday were starting a third day of the manhunt for 41-year-old Markeith Loyd, who had been wanted in the weeks leading up to the sergeant's killing for questioning in the slaying of his pregnant ex-girlfriend.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said Tuesday that deputies came close to catching Loyd but he had eluded them, and arrest warrants were being prepared for people who likely helped him.
Authorities raised the reward for information leading to his arrest from $60,000 to $100,000.
Master Sgt. Debra Clayton was fatally shot Monday morning after she approached Loyd in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store in northwest Orlando.