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Teen Accused of Posing as Deputy in Search for Markeith Loyd

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Posted at 7:14 AM, Jan 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-26 07:14:00-05

EUSTIS, Fla. (AP) - A Florida teen is accused of pretending to be a sheriff's deputy in the search for a fugitive in the slaying of a police officer.

News outlets report 19-year-old Ka'mesha Nicole Byrd was arrested Wednesday and charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Sumter County deputies say Byrd posed as a deputy to gain access into people's homes in The Villages last week. A couple says Byrd warned them about Loyd, who was wanted at the time in the deaths of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an Orlando police officer. He has since been arrested.

Detectives say surveillance video helped them track down Byrd. She told authorities she had impersonated a deputy on multiple occasions in Sumter and Marion counties and said she wanted to become a law enforcement officer.