Daytona Beach, Fla — June 26, 2021 8:00 p.m.
The Daytona Beach Police Department held an early morning press conference to announce the arrest of Othal Wallace in a rural area of DeKalb County, Georgia.
Police Chief Jakari Young said Wallace was found hiding in a treehouse with firearms, flashbangs, body armor, and ammunition.
June 25, 2021 5:00 p.m.
A fund has been set up to help cover medical and recovery costs for the Daytona Beach police officer who was shot in the head while on patrol this week.
The Daytona Beach Police Department tweeted a link to the GoFundMe page to benefit officer Jason Raynor on Friday.
“Many of you have reached out to us about providing some form of assistance to Officer Jason Raynor and his family during this difficult time,” the department said in the tweet. “We want to let you know that a GoFundMe page has just been created for that purpose.”
June 25, 2021 7:00 a.m.
The search for accused gunman Othal Wallace entered its second day as Daytona Beach police officer Jason Raynor remains in critical condition at a Daytona hospital.
Investigators say they are using any and all means to track down Wallace, including monitoring social media.
“I can tell you we are monitoring all social media. So there, there’s nothing that’s been posted that we haven’t seen” said Chief Jakari Young.
June 24, 2021 11:20 p.m.
As the search for accused gunman Othal Wallace continues, Chief Jakari Young would not reveal any leads in the case, nor say where he thinks Wallace is or what specifically has been captured by cell towers or traffic cams.
Young said no one will rest until the man who they have called a coward is caught.
He also said during a press conference he doesn’t want to address Wallace yet.
“But when we get them in custody, I’ll address him,” Young said.
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June 24, 2021 9:20 p.m.
Daytona Beach police officer Jason Raynor had a history of accolades during his time with multiple police agencies, they said.
June 24, 2021 6:35 p.m.
Investigators found guns and ammo stockpiled in an apartment belonging to a relative of Othal Wallace where the shooting occurred.
It’s not clear if Wallace lived there, but neighbors said they didn’t know him.
“I feel like I need to move immediately because, am I safe to come out to my car?” said neighbor Rose McNair.
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June 24, 2021 5:10 p.m.
Daytona Beach Police Chief has released the name of the 26-year-old officer who was shot in the head late Wednesday.
Officer Jason Raynor has been with Daytona Beach police since February 2019, Chief Jakari Young said Thursday during a news conference. Prior to that, Raynor served with Port Orange from 2016 to 2019.
Raynor is unmarried with no children, Young said. Raynor’s mother and sister have been at his side as he remains in critical condition in the hospital, Young said.
Young described Raynor as an officer with a “heart of gold” who “wasn’t perfect.” And if he pulls through, he will return to the force as soon as possible and perform his duties “without an ounce of malice or hate.”
Jakari during the news conference called the shooting “completely senseless” and that Othal Wallace “did that with zero remorse.”
June 24, 2021 4:05 p.m.
Officials are gathering to provide an update on the search for the man accused of shooting a Daytona Beach police officer in the head. The news conference is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
June 24, 2021 2:45 p.m.
A prayer vigil is underway for the Daytona Beach police officer who was shot in the line of duty on Wednesday.
June 24, 2021 2:45 p.m.
Daytona Beach police are scheduled to provide an update on the shooting and search for the suspect at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
The department is asking anyone who would like to provide tips related to the case to call 386-671-5555.
June 24, 2021 2:30 p.m.
The Daytona Beach Police Department invited the community to attend a prayer vigil for their officer who was shot in the head.
The vigil is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Halifax Health Medical Center near the Betty Jame France statue.
June 24, 2021 2:05 p.m.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office released additional body camera footage from deputies who responded to the search for Othal Wallace.
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June 24, 2021 1:45 p.m.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a Blue Alert as the search continues for Othal Wallace, the man investigators said shot a Daytona Beach police officer is in the head.
June 24, 2021 11:30 a.m.
According to a spokesperson with Daytona Beach police the officer still in critical condition at Halifax Medical Center.
The search for the suspect Othal Wallace continues.
There will be a prayer vigil this afternoon for the officer in front of the Betty Jane France statue outside of Halifax Medical Center at 3:30 p.m.
The search for the Othal Wallace has expanded to outside of Florida.
Daytona Beach police have said they have expanded their search to include Georgia, specifically the Atlanta area.
WFTV sister station WSB-TV in Atlanta reported that the Atlanta Police department had issued a “BOLO” or be on the lookout for Wallace.
U.S Marshals have joined in the search for Othal Wallace as the state-wide manhunt has now gone federal.
Several agencies around Florida have been flooding social media with condolences and messages of support for the Daytona Beach officer shot Wednesday night.
The Daytona officer shot while on patrol Wednesday evening remains in critical condition at Halifax Medical Center.
The 26-year-old officer has been with Daytona Beach police for three years.
Daytona Beach Police continue to search for the suspect, Othal Wallace, who is accused of shooting an officer late Wednesday evening.
Young says that several local, state, and even federal agencies have joined in the search for Wallace.
Police say that they served a search warrant on an apartment in the same complex where the shooting took place, inside they found three ballistic vests, two weapons and several boxes of rifle ammunition.
Daytona Beach Police chief Jakari Young is scheduled to give an update on the officer’s condition who was shot overnight as well as an update on the search for the suspect.
Early Thursday morning the Daytona Beach Police Department released details on the officer’s condition who was shot overnight.
According to Daytona Beach, “He is now out of surgery and remains in critical condition. We are not releasing the officer’s identity at this time. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.”
Around 9 p.m. Wednesday, a Daytona Beach Police officer responding to a suspicious incident near Kingston Avenue in Daytona Beach.
A short time later the officer’s radio communication went silent, according to officers.
When other officers arrived they found the officer shot on the ground.