A manhunt for the suspected shooter of Daytona Beach Police Officer Jason Raynor ended in the early morning hours Saturday when Othal Toreyane Resheen Wallace, who allegedly has ties to a black militia group, was taken into custody.
The Daytona Beach Police Department announced on Twitter early Saturday that the 29-year-old suspect, known as “O-Zone,” had been captured. At a news conference later on Saturday, Chief Jakari Young said the suspect was apprehended while hiding in the woods in a treehouse around 2:30 a.m. just outside of Atlanta in DeKalb County, Georgia.
Raynor, a 26-year-old police officer, was shot in the head on Wednesday night after investigating a suspicious incident. He was left in critical condition and underwent surgery on Thursday morning.
According to Young, the 3-acre property where the search warrant was executed was affiliated with a black nationalist paramilitary organization known as the “Not F**ing Around Coalition” or NFAC.
Othal Wallace has been captured! There will be a press conference at 5:00 am this morning. pic.twitter.com/jyI6nYI5Ud
— Daytona Beach Police (@DaytonaBchPD) June 26, 2021
Wallace was holed up in the treehouse with an arsenal of weapons including multiple flashbangs, rifle plates, body armor, two rifles, two handguns, and several boxes of ammunition, according to the police chief. There was also a large arsenal of weapons located in the main residence on the same property.
Over 500 police officers worked to track the suspect down. The investigation also included the United States Marshall Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and Homeland Security. The search warrant was ultimately executed by the Georgia State Patrol and DeKalb Police Department.
Young indicated that they were flooded with tips but attributed the quick success of the search to the technology and surveillance that was used. He cited the biggest challenge of the investigation as ensuring officer’s safety and making sure the officers involved remained vigilant to stay safe in uncertain conditions.
The full press conference can be viewed here:
(Video: Daytona Beach Police Department)
“The suspect in the vicious shooting of Police Officer Jason Raynor was apprehended by Georgia police at a black nationalist paramilitary encampment,” tweeted Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in response to the arrest. “There is no place for hate in Florida. Our law enforcement will be protected. Justice will be swift.”
“You guys know who I am, you know what I’m capable of, and it could have been a lot worse,” Raynor said in a statement.
Raynor’s family has been notified and likely breathed a huge sign of relief, that Wallace is in custody so they can focus on Raynor’s health.
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