(NBC-2) -- As the manhunt continues for the suspect in the shooting death of an Orlando police officer, a Charlotte County man has taken to the streets to express his support for that suspect.
A man was seen holding a sign that read "2 cops dead in Orlando. God bless the shooter" while standing outside the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office.
One of those deceased officers, Orange County Deputy Norman Lewis, grew up in Port Charlotte. He was killed in a crash while responding to the manhunt for Markeith Loyd, who authorities say shot and killed Orlando Master Sgt. Debra Clayton.
"I was shocked. I can't believe someone would do that," said Sherie Enwright about the sign.
Charlotte County deputies said the man, identified as Ian McGuire, stood outside their doors this week and wore the sign.
"I think it's rotten; I think it's horrible. These cops put their lives on the line every day when they go to work for us," said Enwright.
CCSO said the man is there regularly and said while it's distasteful what he's doing, they'll defend his First Amendment right to do it.
"It's his right to have his opinion, but I don't think he should be posting that like that because it gives a bad aspect to other people," said Courtney Latrella.
What upsets Latrella the most is that she says wearing that sort of sign is why people target law enforcement.
"It's saying, 'Oh, it's OK to shoot cops.' So now more people are going to be like, 'Oh, everybody's okay with it, so let's go shoot some more cops."
Deputies said the man wasn't arrested and he didn't cause a scene. He eventually left their property.