Two Orlando officers die in shooting, manhunt

2017-01-09 21:06
Flowers and an American flag after a shooting. (Joe Raedele, AFP)

Flowers and an American flag after a shooting. (Joe Raedele, AFP)

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Miami - An Orlando police officer died on Monday after confronting and being shot by a suspected murderer, triggering a manhunt in which a county sheriff died in a motorcycle crash.

Sergeant Debra Clayton, a mother of two, was fatally shot early Monday morning, Orlando Police Chief John Mina told journalists.

A 17-year-veteran of the department, Clayton had been attempting to arrest a suspect in the murder of a pregnant woman when he gunned her down.

While searching for the gunman an Orange County deputy sheriff riding his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle that turned in front of him.

He was taken to a nearby hospital and died of his injuries, according to Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer declared a day of mourning in the city following the incidents.

Several schools in the vicinity of the ongoing manhunt remained on lockdown.

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