Florida teen accused of posing as deputy in search for Markeith Loyd

Posted at 1:24 PM, Jan 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-27 13:24:22-05

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 Markeith 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.