Daytona Beach police officer Jason Raynor dies after being shot in the head

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jason Raynor, the Daytona Beach police officer who was shot in the head in June, has died, the police department announced Tuesday evening.

Raynor passed away at 8:09 p.m. Tuesday at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach with his family by his side, the police department said.

“Now more than ever, we ask for all of you to embrace the Raynor family and the Daytona Beach Police Department in your hearts during this devastating time and pray that God will give us all the strength to persevere through this senseless tragedy,” said Police Chief Jakari Young. ”Jason’s sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

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Raynor was shot in the head in late June by suspected gunman Othal Wallace, while Raynor was responding to a suspicious incident near Kingston Avenue in Daytona Beach.

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A short time later, Raynor’s radio communication went silent. When officers arrived on scene they found the officer shot on the ground.

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“We ask that anyone who would like to send their condolences or offer a donation or do something on behalf of the Raynor family to please contact the police department instead of going directly to them,” Young said. “We hope this will ease some of the burden on them.”

A large police presence could be seen Tuesday outside the hospital where Raynor died.

Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.