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Man charged with helping fugitive before officer's killing

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Orlando Police Department shows Markeith Loyd. Loyd is wanted for killing an Orlando police officer outside a Wal-Mart in Orlando, Fla., Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (Orlando Police Department via AP, File)
FILE - This undated photo provided by the Orlando Police Department shows Markeith Loyd. Loyd is wanted for killing an Orlando police officer outside a Wal-Mart in Orlando, Fla., Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (Orlando Police Department via AP, File)
Orlando Police Chief John Mina speaks during a news conference concerning the fatal shooting of Orlando police officer Debra Clayton, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. A manhunt continues for the suspect. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Orlando Police Chief John Mina speaks during a news conference concerning the fatal shooting of Orlando police officer Debra Clayton, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. A manhunt continues for the suspect. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings answers questions during a news conference concerning the fatal shooting of Orlando police officer Debra Clayton, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. A manhunt continues as law enforcement officials search for the suspect. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings answers questions during a news conference concerning the fatal shooting of Orlando police officer Debra Clayton, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. A manhunt continues as law enforcement officials search for the suspect. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
An employee of Wal-Mart lights a candle at a makeshift memorial, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Orlando, Fla., at the parking lot where Orlando police officer Debra Clayton was shot and killed. A manhunt continues as law enforcement officials search for the suspect in the shooting. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
An employee of Wal-Mart lights a candle at a makeshift memorial, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Orlando, Fla., at the parking lot where Orlando police officer Debra Clayton was shot and killed. A manhunt continues as law enforcement officials search for the suspect in the shooting. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Candles and TV lights illuminate the crowd during a vigil at Wal-Mart store where an Orlando police sergeant was killed Monday and for an Orange County Sheriff's Office deputy killed during a manhunt of the suspect, in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
Candles and TV lights illuminate the crowd during a vigil at Wal-Mart store where an Orlando police sergeant was killed Monday and for an Orange County Sheriff's Office deputy killed during a manhunt of the suspect, in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
A wreath and flowers surround Orlando police shooting victim, officer Debra Clayton's patrol car, in front of police headquarters, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Clayton was killed Monday, and a manhunt continues as law enforcement officials search for the suspect. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
A wreath and flowers surround Orlando police shooting victim, officer Debra Clayton's patrol car, in front of police headquarters, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Clayton was killed Monday, and a manhunt continues as law enforcement officials search for the suspect. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Sarah Harvey says a prayer at a makeshift memorial, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Orlando, Fla., at the parking lot of a Wal-Mart where Orlando police officer Debra Clayton was shot and killed. A manhunt continues as law enforcement officials search for the suspect. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Sarah Harvey says a prayer at a makeshift memorial, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Orlando, Fla., at the parking lot of a Wal-Mart where Orlando police officer Debra Clayton was shot and killed. A manhunt continues as law enforcement officials search for the suspect. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
A flag flies a half mast, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Orlando, Fla., in front of a Wal-Mart where Orlando police officer Debra Clayton was shot and killed. A manhunt continues as law enforcement officials search for the suspect. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
A flag flies a half mast, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Orlando, Fla., in front of a Wal-Mart where Orlando police officer Debra Clayton was shot and killed. A manhunt continues as law enforcement officials search for the suspect. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017 3:46 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A fried chicken restaurant supervisor has been arrested for allegedly helping a murder suspect evade capture before the fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer.

Zarghee Mayan is accused of supplying restaurant food to his former co-worker, driving him around and offering him money, despite knowing he was wanted in the slaying his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

"Mayan did so with the intent that Markeith Demangzlo Loyd avoid or escape detection, arrest, trial or punishment," the arrest affidavit said.

Mayan told authorities his most recent encounter with Loyd was last Saturday, two days before Master Sgt. Debra Clayton was fatally shot in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Mayan said he noticed that Loyd was armed and wearing body armor when they embraced, according to his arrest affidavit.

During another encounter, right after Loyd's pregnant ex-girlfriend was killed in mid-December, Mayan said Loyd came into the restaurant with a gun, pointed at Mayan and said, "'Drive me or I will kill you, I just did something real bad,'" the affidavit said.

The 41-year-old ex-convict has been the focus of a massive manhunt involving hundreds of officers and deputies since Monday's shooting. More than 500 tips have come in from the public, which authorities believe may be particularly important, since others may be helping him hide.

Crimeline is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to Loyd's arrest.

"If you know where he is at and you call us 3 o'clock in the morning, 3 o'clock in the afternoon, we will have people prepared to dispatch and go capture him," said Barb Bergin, executive director of the local Crimeline.

Mayan, 33, was arrested Tuesday by Orange County Sheriff's Office deputies on a charge of accessory after the fact. Jail records show no bond had been set, and court records showed no name of a defense attorney listed for him.

Police Chief John Mina said federal, state and local authorities were taking part in the manhunt. Mina wouldn't give details about search tactics but he said law enforcement agencies in Florida and around the nation are on alert.

"There are many things going on behind the scenes that our community is not aware of and that we are not at liberty to discuss," Mina said.

After Clayton was shot, many of her colleagues immediately joined the pursuit; among them was a sheriff's Deputy First Class Norman Lewis, who died when he was thrown from his motorcycle in an accident.

Funerals were planned for Lewis for Friday and Clayton for Saturday.

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