Search for man accused of shooting Daytona Beach officer expands ‘far beyond Central Florida’

Search includes parts of Georgia, sources say

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – The manhunt for Othal Wallace, the man accused of shooting a Daytona Beach police officer Jason Raynor in the head, has expanded “far beyond Central Florida,” according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office revealed that information in a Facebook post, which also featured body camera video from deputies who responded to the search for the 29-year-old Wallace following the shooting Wednesday night.

A source close to the investigation told News 6 that the manhunt has expanded into Georgia, including the Atlanta area. U.S. Marshals have joined the search for Wallace.

Officers at an Atlanta airport tell News 6 they were told to be on the lookout for Wallace on Thursday. Wallace may have friends in the Atlanta area, so officers are checking all their resources to see if he is in Georgia.

The 26-year-old officer was shot in the head Wednesday night in the 100 block of Kingston Avenue in Daytona Beach, south of Mason Avenue and west of North Beach Street, while patrolling the area, according to Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young.

A family member provided this picture of Daytona Beach police officer Jason Raynor, who was shot in the head on June 23, 2021. (Courtesy of the Raynor family)

News 6 was initially not showing any pictures of Raynor at his family’s request but we have since received permission from his sister to use one photo.

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Young said Raynor, who has been with the department for about three years, noticed a suspicious vehicle near an apartment building and investigated the situation.

“When (Raynor) confronted the suspect, the suspect got out of the car and shot him in the head and drove off,” Young said.

Body camera video released by police shows the confrontation between the officer and Wallace.

The Daytona Beach Police Department released video showing an officer being shot on Wednesday.
The Daytona Beach Police Department released video showing an officer being shot on Wednesday.

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Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said a $100,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the capture of Wallace. He’s considered armed and dangerous and is believed to be driving a gray 2016 Honda HR-V bearing California license plate number 7TNX532, officials said.

Anyone with information is asked to the department’s Emergency Operations Center at 386-671-5555.


About the Author:

Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com. He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.