DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A “multi-agency manhunt” is underway for the suspect who shot a Daytona Beach police officer in the head Wednesday evening, police said.
The officer, identified as Jason Raynor, 26, radioed around 9 p.m. that he was on Kingston Avenue investigating a suspicious incident, according to the police department. After several minutes, the officer stopped responding to other units calling him on the radio.
When officers responded to his location, Raynor was found lying on the ground with a gunshot wound, police said. He was transported to the hospital where he remains in critical condition.
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Sheriff Mike Chitwood tweeted that there is a $100,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the suspect, who is believed to be 29-year-old Othal Wallace. He should be considered “armed and dangerous,” Chitwood said.
The suspect vehicle is a gray 2016 Honda HRV bearing California plates 7TNX532.
This is the shooter. Please keep the @DaytonaBchPD officer and family in your prayers. Again: $100K REWARD FOR INFO LEADING TO CAPTURE OF SUSPECT pic.twitter.com/NNgWcnyVRZ— Mike Chitwood (@SheriffChitwood) June 24, 2021
Daytona Beach police released bodycam footage of the suspect. Watch below. Warning: Contains graphic content:
THREAD (1 OF 2): A $100,000 reward is now available for anyone who can help authorities locate the man who shot one of our officers in the head earlier this evening.— Daytona Beach Police (@DaytonaBchPD) June 24, 2021
The man we're looking for is located in the video below. His name is Othal Wallace. He's 29 years old. pic.twitter.com/hYHNqVLg8C
Police Chief Jakari Young referred to Wallace as a “coward.”
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Florida Highway Patrol told Channel 9 they shut down parts of I-4 and I-95 in Volusia County in response to the search.
BREAKING: OFFICER SHOT@FHPOrlando preparing to shut down parts of I-4 and I-95 in Volusia.— Alexa Lorenzo (@ALorenzoTV) June 24, 2021
They have more than a dozen units looking for the person who shot a @DaytonaBchPD officer.
Waiting for details on officer’s condition. I’m told he was rushed to Halifax Health. @WFTV pic.twitter.com/UctocgAidF
Support began pouring out from law enforcement agencies across Central Florida.
In a statement, Flagler County said they are joining our brothers and sisters in Volusia County and around Florida in praying for the Daytona Beach Police Officer that was shot tonight and seriously injured. Please keep him and his family and DBPD in your thoughts and prayers.”
Orange County Sheriff’s Office and DeLand Police Department also tweeted their sympathies.
Praying for the Officer shot while on duty tonight, and thinking of our @DaytonaBchPD brothers and sisters. https://t.co/lw8kaJ5yBl— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) June 24, 2021
Keeping the officer, his family and our fellow officers at the Daytona Beach Police Department in our prayers tonight. https://t.co/R6JZrP4sOj— DeLand Police (@DeLandPD) June 24, 2021
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