‘He’s never going to give up’: Friend says injured Daytona Beach officer is dedicated, resilient

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A close friend and coworker of injured Daytona Beach police officer Jason Raynor said Raynor is one of the hardest working and most dedicated officers he knows.

Officials said Raynor was shot in the head on Wednesday night while on patrol and remains in the hospital in critical condition. The search for the man accused of shooting him remains active.

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Anyone with information about suspect Othal Wallace’s whereabouts is asked to contact the DBPD tip line at 386-671-5555, or 911 in an emergency.

Aaron Paro trained Raynor when he joined the Daytona Beach Police Department in 2019.

“He was passionate about taking the violent career criminals off the street,” Paro said.

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Paro said Raynor is dedicated to the job and serving his community, always offering to stay late and pick up extra work. “If it were up to him, we’d never stop,” Paro said.

“He is not going to stop. You’re not going to deter him,” Paro said. “You might have slowed him down, but he’s never going to give up.”


Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.