Daytona Seaside officer dies after being shot within the head
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona Beach Police officer Jason Raynor died Tuesday, 55 days after he was shot in the head while on patrol, police said.
Raynor had been at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach since his shooting on June 23.
“Officer Jason Raynor passed away tonight (August 17, 2021) at 8:09 am at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach with his family by his side,” Daytona Beach Police said on Twitter.
“Now more than ever, we ask all of you to hug the Raynor family and the Daytona Beach Police Department in your hearts at this devastating time and pray that God will give us all strength to endure this senseless tragedy,” Daytona Beach said Police chief Jakari Young in a press release. “Jason’s sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
Young asked everyone to respect Raynor’s family’s privacy as they grieved.
“On behalf of the family, Chief Young thanks everyone who has shown their love and support,” wrote Young. “We ask anyone who wishes to express their condolences, offer a donation, or do something on behalf of the Raynor family to contact the police department instead of contacting them directly. We hope that this will take some of the strain off you. ”
Raynor, who joined Daytona Beach Police Department in 2019, was found on an affidavit on April 23, police said Raynor and other officials paid special attention to the area because of citizens complaining about crime.
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The community gathered to support Raynor and his family after he was shot. The police quickly ran out of “Raynor Strong” courtyard signs for $ 20 each. A GoFundMe campaign raised $ 375,988 from 4,900 donors to meet a goal of $ 400,000.
Tow truck drivers had previously organized a parade of tow trucks along with police cars in the parking lot of the Halifax Health Medical Center to support Raynor and his family.
The man accused of shooting Raynor, Othal Wallace, has been charged with attempted first degree murder with a police officer’s gun. Wallace is being detained in the Volusia County Branch Prison without commitment.
Prosecutors are now expected to upgrade the charges to the first degree murder of a law enforcement officer. The murder of a law enforcement officer is one of the aggravating factors in Florida law, which allows prosecutors to seek the death penalty.
Raynor was patrolling the area when his body cam video captured his encounter with Wallace sitting in a Honda in the parking lot of the apartment where he lived with his girlfriend. Raynor was seen questioning Wallace, who apparently pushed Raynor away when the officer told him to stop. Police officers arrived minutes later and found Raynor with a gunshot wound to the head, the gun still in its holster.
Detectives found a case for a Glock pistol in Wallace’s friend’s apartment. After Wallace’s arrest in DeKalb County, Georgia, the Atlanta ATF sent a Glock pistol to the Daytona Beach Police Department, which it submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for testing, and wrote that it may have been used in the shooting of an officer.
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