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Orlando: Manhunt for suspected cop killer expands; reward now $100,000.

The massive search for a man suspected of killing his pregnant girlfriend and gunning down an Orlando police officer has expanded beyond Florida, police said Tuesday.

 

Markeith Loyd has been on the run since Monday morning when police say he killed Master Sgt. Debra Clayton as she tried to confront the murder suspect outside a Walmart.

The manhunt for Loyd has already led to several injuries and the death of Orange County Sheriff's Deputy 1st Class Norman Lewis, who died in a motorcycle crash while searching for him.

As hundreds of law enforcement officers scramble to find a man called "armed and extremely dangerous," here are the latest developments:

 

Reward raised to $100,000

Authorities increased the reward for information leading to Loyd's arrest to $100,000, Orlando police Chief John Mina said Tuesday.

"The Orlando Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff's Office, the FBI, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, homeland security, the U.S. marshals -- everyone is working to capture him," he said earlier.

 

"We believe that people who know where he is will want that money," he said.

 

Suspect said he wanted to be on 'America's Most Wanted'

Two weeks before Loyd was accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend, Sade Dixon, he posted a message on Facebook: "Goals!!!! To be on Americas most wanted".

On Monday morning, Clayton received word that Loyd was near a local Walmart. She tried to confront him.

"As soon as she said, 'Stop,' he basically opened fire on her," Mina said.

A witness outside the Walmart described a similar scene.

"I was walking down the sidewalk, right past the officer, and I heard her tell him to stop, or whatever, and he shot her," witness James Herman told CNN affiliate WFTV-TV in Orlando. "He shot her down."

 

SOURCE: CNN