Fundraiser held to help Daytona Beach officer shot

Jason Raynor showing ‘positive signs’ in recovery

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A fundraiser took place on Sunday that donated 100% of its proceeds to the Daytona Beach officer who was shot in the head, according to the Daytona Beach Police Department.

Officer Jason Raynor, 26, was rushed to the hospital Wednesday night after being shot, and Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young said he is showing “positive signs” of improvement.

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The community has continued to show support for Raynor and his family through fundraising efforts and donations to a GoFundMe account, which has raised over $240,000 since it was created Friday.

Many came together to sign a large banner.

Others rallied today at a lemonade stand in Daytona Beach for the latest fundraiser aimed at supporting Raynor and his family.

“Make sure the family knows that our community is going to do everything we can to try and help ease the pain in the recovery the best way we can,” said Bill Kaber, who supported a fundraiser.

On Saturday, another fundraiser at a DeLand Walmart also collected donations to go toward the wounded officer.

We know that many of you have shown interest in helping out Officer Jason Raynor and his family as he begins the road to...

Posted by Daytona Beach Police Department on Saturday, June 26, 2021

Meantime, police and federal authorities captured the alleged shooter, 29-year-old Othal Wallace, early Saturday after a more than 50-hour manhunt.

Authorities say he was found with guns and ammo inside of a treehouse in Dekalb County, Georgia, outside of Atlanta, at a property that police say had ties to what’s called the NFAC organization. That’s a black nationalist paramilitary group.

Right now, as the growing support continues for the injured officer, Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young said he’s showing positive signs of improvement.

“He still has a ways to go, but basically from his position right now, they feel comfortable moving forward with more testing because they’ve determined that he’s now strong enough to endure more testing,” Young said.

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