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Lieutenant Debra Clayton | Orlando Police Department, Florida Orlando Police Department, Florida

Lieutenant

Debra Clayton

Orlando Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Monday, January 9, 2017

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 17 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Apprehended

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Lieutenant Debra Clayton was shot and killed when she encountered a wanted murder suspect in the parking lot of a Walmart at the intersection of Princeton Street and John Young Parkway.

A citizen approached Lieutenant Clayton in the parking lot and informed her that a wanted subject was inside the store. As she walked towards the building the man exited and opened fire on her, striking her multiple times.

The subject was wanted for murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend and for shooting her brother one month prior. After shooting Lieutenant Clayton, the man carjacked a vehicle and fled the scene. A captain from the Orange County Sheriff's Office spotted the vehicle moments later and was shot at as he got behind it. The subject was captured on January 17th, 2017.

During the ensuing search Deputy First Class Norman Lewis, of the Orange County Sheriff's Office, was killed in a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Pine Hills Road and Balboa Drive when another vehicle turned in front of his motorcycle.

Lieutenant Clayton had served with the Orlando Police Department for 17 years. She is survived by her husband and son. She was posthumously promoted from the rank of Master Sergeant to the rank of Lieutenant.

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Deputy First Class Norman Lewis
Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida
End of Watch: Monday, January 9, 2017
Cause: Motorcycle crash

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RIP thank you for protecting and serving your community. It takes a lot to do this career and you did it until it unfortunately taken from you. Thank you LT Clayton!

Nina Thomas-Manley
LASD/Class 425
September 17, 2017

 

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