DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A Daytona Beach police officer who is in critical condition after being shot Wednesday night is receiving support from law enforcement agencies across the Central Florida region.
Officer Jason Raynor was investigating a suspicious incident on Kingston Avenue when 29-year-old Othal Wallace shot him in the head, according to authorities.
Body camera footage shows Wallace struggling with Raynor before a single gunshot is heard. Police said that the officer stopped responding to calls on the radio and when additional units arrived, they found him lying on the ground.
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 (seen above).
Records show Wallace fled the scene in a gray 2016 Honda HRV bearing California license plate number 7TNX532.
Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young said a “full-out manhunt” is underway.
“This entire county is on lockdown until we track this coward down. So I’m grateful for every agency that’s responded over here tonight to help us as they’re committed to staying out here until we get this coward in custody,” Young said.
No change in the status of my hero who was shot in the line of duty last night. He’s fighting while all of us are praying 🙏🏾 The manhunt continues for the coward responsible for this.....— Chief Jakari Young (@ChiefJakari) June 24, 2021
With hundreds of officers from Central Florida law enforcement agencies aiding in the search, leaders from those same departments took to social media to offer their support for the officer as he undergoes treatment.
See their statements below:
The Casselberry Police Department sends our prayers and support to the Daytona Beach PD officer who was shot last night in the line of duty.— CasselberryPolice (@Casselberry_PD) June 24, 2021
A $100,000 reward is now available for anyone who can help authorities locate the suspect – identified as 29-year-old Othal Wallace.