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Autopsy: Officer on back when fatal shot fired

Master Sgt. Debra Clayton
Posted at 2:05 PM, Jan 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-20 14:05:00-05

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - An autopsy shows that an Orlando police officer gunned down outside a Wal-Mart store last week was struck four times and the fatal shot entered the right side of her neck.

An arrest affidavit filed Friday says the bullet from the fatal shot appeared to be impacted by concrete, suggesting that Lt. Debra Clayton was on her back when the fatal shot was fired.

The affidavit says security video shows Markeith Loyd running out of the store and Clayton pursuing him about 10 feet behind.

Loyd then takes cover behind a concrete pillar and fires at Clayton, striking and fracturing her hip.

The affidavit says Loyd approached Clayton, stood over her and fired at her, while the officer fired back seven times.

Clayton had approached Loyd after a Wal-Mart customer identified him to the officer as a suspect wanted in the killing of his girlfriend.