DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A search was ongoing Thursday for the one who shot a police officer within the head Wednesday, leaving him in critical condition and “fighting for his life.”
The injured officer, Jayson Raynor, is out of surgical procedure, according to a statement Thursday from the Daytona Beach Police Department. Raynor is 26 years previous, Police Chief Jakari Young stated.
“The surgery was fairly successful,” Young stated at a information convention. “He still has a long way to go.”
Raynor is “fighting for his life,” stated Young, who later described him as a resilient man with “a heart of gold.”
“I can tell you if he pulls through this, this cop would do everything in his power to return to full duty, and he will continue serving this community without an ounce of malice or hate in his heart for what happened to him because that’s just the type of person that he is,” Young stated.
The officer was conducting a “proactive patrol” simply earlier than 9 p.m. Wednesday, Young stated. The officer had radioed he was investigating a suspicious incident, in response to a tweet from the police division.
“Upon arrival, he contacted a coward … and as he was escorting him out of the car, at some point, the suspect turns and shoots my officer one time in the head,” Young stated.
Video of the shooting launched by the Daytona Beach Police Department exhibits an officer strategy a automobile, asking the person inside if he lives within the space.
The man will get out and asks, “What’s going on?” because the officer instructs him to take a seat again down. The man asks the officer to again up earlier than the footage turns into shaky and a gunshot is heard.
Several minutes handed, and the officer did not reply to different officers calling him on the radio. When officers arrived, they discovered him mendacity on the bottom affected by a gunshot wound, according to a police statement. He was taken to a hospital.
Young tweeted early Thursday morning the officer was “fighting while all of us are praying.”
A search of a close-by condominium, the place police believed the suspect was, revealed a cache of weaponry, together with at the very least three ballistic vests, a number of high-capacity magazines, a rifle and a semiautomatic handgun, Young stated.
“He ought to be thought of armed & harmful,” according to the police department’s tweet.
A “Blue Alert” was pushed out to phones across the state Thursday afternoon as the search stretched into its 16th hour.
The alert supplies data to the general public when a legislation enforcement officer is killed, significantly harm or lacking and the suspect is at giant, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
More than 500 officers from various agencies responded to help find Wallace, Young said.
“I’m grateful for each company that has responded over right here tonight to assist us as a result of they’re dedicated to staying out right here till we’ve this coward in custody,” Young said.
A public vigil for the injured officer was scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
Contributing: Christine Fernando and Edward Segarra, USA TODAY