$100K reward offered for suspect who shot Daytona Beach officer, leading to ‘multi-agency manhunt’

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.

Daytona Beach police released bodycam footage of the suspect. Watch below. Warning: Contains graphic content:

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.

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.

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See a map of the scene below:

Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.