Hundreds of law enforcement officers, including federal agents, are now on their third day of searching for a man accused of shooting a Daytona Beach officer in the head.
Officer Jason Raynor was gravely wounded. He is in critical condition at an area hospital and is reportedly recovering.
Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young said Thursday evening they’re using every resource available to capture 29-year-old Othal Wallace, who has been on the run since about 9 p.m. Wednesday.
“I do not want to get into any potential leads on the suspect, that would be counterproductive for us to do so, so please don’t ask. I can tell you that we got a lot of resources out there. And I’m hopeful. I will tell you that much,” Young said.
Volusia County was put on lockdown Wednesday night and parts of Interstate 4 and Interstate 95 were shut down as officers scoured the area.
The search for Wallace continues throughout the state of Florida and into Atlanta, where a Be On The Lookout alert was issued to Atlanta Metro Police. Wallace reportedly has ties to the Atlanta area.
WKMG is reporting that Wallace had ties to a black nationalist group called NFAC (Not F-ing Around Coalition).
A $200,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to Wallace’s arrest.
He was last seen driving a gray 2016 Honda HR-V with the California license plate number 7TNX532, records show.
Wallace is accused of shooting Officer Raynor at about 8:50 p.m. Wednesday during an encounter on Kingston Avenue.
The 26-year-old was rushed to Halifax Health for surgery and has remained there in critical condition ever since. A GoFundMe page was recently established to help cover his hospital expenses.