‘Thoughts and prayers:’ Central Florida law enforcement leaders offer support for injured Daytona officer

Officer Jason Raynor in critical condition

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

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.

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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.

$100,000 reward offered to find man accused of shooting Daytona officer
$100,000 reward offered to find man accused of shooting Daytona officer

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.

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:

Sheriff Staly and the men and women of FCSO are joining our brothers and sisters in Volusia County and around Florida in...

Posted by Flagler County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, June 23, 2021

**DAYTONA BEACH POLICE OFFICER SHOT** Prayers for the Officer & for our Deputies who are responding to assist in the search for the suspect. 🙏

Posted by FOP Lodge 93 on Wednesday, June 23, 2021

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Adrienne joined News 6's digital team in October 2016 to cover breaking news, crime and community interest stories. She graduated from the University of Central Florida and began her journalism career at the Orlando Sentinel.