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Slain Florida officer awarded agency’s highest honor

ORLANDO, Florida. – A slain Florida police officer has been recognised with her department’s highest honor.

Lt. Debra Clayton was fatally shot in January while trying to arrest a man suspected of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend. On Wednesday, the Orlando Police posthumously praised Clayton with the Purple Heart Award and the Award of Valor.

The agency also honored officer Burn Thornton and Jeremy Sisk, and Kpl. Robert Schellhorn with the Award of Merit for their comment on the shooting scene on Jan. 9.

Markeith Loyd was captured after a massive manhunt. He is facing multiple charges for the death of the 42-year-old Clayton and the 24-year-old Sade Dixon, who was shot last December.

The case has a legal fight over the death penalty between the state attorney and Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

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