Man who shot Daytona Beach police officer in the head arrested

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The man who shot a Daytona Beach, Florida, police officer in the head Wednesday night has been arrested.

Daytona Beach Police announced on Twitter Saturday morning, "Othal Wallace has been captured! There will be a press conference at 5:00 am this morning."

The officer, identified as 26-year-old Jason Raynor, was responding to a suspicious incident at the time, the department said. He is in critical condition, authorities said.

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Authorities released a 29-second clip from the officer's body camera. Raynor can be seen approaching the suspect who is sitting in a parked car before the shooting.

"How's it going? Do you live here?" the cop asked the suspect who immediately got out of his car and stood up.

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"What's going on? What's going on now? Don't do this. Why are you asking me if I live here," the suspect said as the officer repeatedly asked him to sit back down in his car.

"Do you live here, yes or no?" the officer said before a short struggle between the suspect and the officer took place.

PHOTO: A $100,000 reward has been issued by the Daytona Beach Police Department for Othal Wallace, 29, after he is suspected of shooting a police officer in the head while he was investigating the suspect regarding a suspicious incident on June 23, 2021. (Daytona Beach Police Department/Facebook)
PHOTO: A $100,000 reward has been issued by the Daytona Beach Police Department for Othal Wallace, 29, after he is suspected of shooting a police officer in the head while he was investigating the suspect regarding a suspicious incident on June 23, 2021. (Daytona Beach Police Department/Facebook)

The last thing heard before the gunshot was the officer yelling, "Stop! Stop man!"

Raynor was taken to Halifax Medical Center in critical condition, where he remained Thursday evening. He has been with the Daytona Beach Police Department since February 2019 and worked in Port Orange for three years before that, police said.

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A $100,000 reward was offered and a multi-agency manhunt was underway until for Wallace was captured Saturday. Authorities initially said he may have been in a gray 2016 Honda HRV with a California tag of 7TNX532.

Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young tweeted Thursday, "No change in the status of my hero who was shot in the line of duty."

"He's fighting while all of us are praying," he wrote. "The manhunt continues for the coward responsible for this."

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