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Officer who first responded to Pulse Nightclub killed in the line of duty

Master Sergeant Debra Clayton was killed in the line of duty on Monday, January 9, 2016.

Master Sergeant Debra Clayton, who was one of the first responders at the Pulse Nightclub shooting in June 2016, was shot and killed Monday night during an arrest attempt reports the Orlando Police Department (OPD). 

Her murderer was wanted for killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and shooting her new boyfriend only three months previous.

Clayton encountered the suspect in a Walmart parking lot where he shot her and fled in a stolen vehicle.

Master Sgt. Clayton was a 17-year veteran of the force and received many accolades for her dedication and commitment to working with the community.

“The Orlando Police Department family is heartbroken today. One of our own was taken in the line of duty. There are no words,” the OPD wrote in a tweet.

Pulse Nightclub has offered their condolences to the Orlando Police Department in a message posted on Facebook:

“Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to Orlando Police Department. Today, 2 heroes were taken from our city. We stand with you.”

Another officer was killed during the arrest attempt, Deputy First Class Norman Lewis, was on his way to assist Clayton when a vehicle struck his motorcycle.

Master Sergeant Debra Clayton is survived by her husband and adult son.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for a memorial fund.

Her killer is  still at large.