DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A man accused of shooting a Daytona Beach police officer in the head has been extradited back to Florida and appeared before a judge Friday afternoon.
Othal Wallace, 29, who was arrested last week in Georgia, was booked into the Volusia County jail Friday morning and had his first appearance on attempted murder charges before a judge Friday afternoon.
The judge denied Wallace bond.
Wallace only spoke when asked if he wanted to be represented by the public defender’s office. He said, “Yes, until my attorney takes over the case.”
Wallace is accused of shooting Daytona Beach police Officer Jason Raynor in the head June 23 as Raynor investigated a suspicious vehicle.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said Wallace was extradited early Friday morning by plane.
Video 2 of 2: Wallace was transported to the jail w/out incident. In addition to DeKalb and Hillsborough, @SheriffChitwood thanks Brevard @SheriffIvey for his coordination and support, and every person across multiple agencies who made this arrest and extradition successful. pic.twitter.com/BXcDOlApdY— Volusia Sheriff (@VolusiaSheriff) July 2, 2021
New details from the Daytona Beach Police Department show responding officers interviewed Wallace’s girlfriend, who said she lives in an apartment at the complex where the shooting took place, according to an affidavit.
The girlfriend said she and Wallace have been dating for six years and that he lives in the apartment with her. According to the affidavit, she confirmed to police she heard “a commotion” from outside and saw Raynor had been shot. She verified the suspect vehicle was Wallace’s and identified Wallace to police, who showed her images from Raynor’s body camera video, according to the document.
Wallace’s girlfriend told police he is known to carry a handgun and that he also owns a rifle, the document says. After identifying Wallace as the suspect, the affidavit says she began to cry and say her children would never see their father again.
The latest update from police said Raynor, 26, remained in critical condition but was showing signs of improvement.
Wallace was arrested in DeKalb County, Georgia, where he was found hiding in a treehouse after a 56-hour manhunt. Officials with the FBI said Wallace could also face federal charges.