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Suspect in Officer Killing: She Pulled Gun First

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Posted at 5:17 PM, Jan 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-20 17:17:00-05

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - An arrest affidavit says a suspect in the killing of an Orlando police officer told homicide detectives that the fatal shooting might not have happened if the lieutenant "had waited for backup."

The affidavit filed Friday says that when detectives asked Markeith Loyd about Lt. Debra Clayton's killing, he told them, "She pulled her gun out first."

Clayton approached Loyd last week outside a Wal-Mart store in Orlando after a customer pointed him out as someone wanted in the slaying of his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

The affidavit says Loyd claimed self-defense when asked by detectives about his ex-girlfriend's killing.

The affidavit also says Loyd was wearing a bulletproof vest similar to those used by Orlando officers when he was taken into custody Tuesday after a manhunt that lasted more than a week.