The Daytona Police Department is officially on a manhunt for a 29-year-old man named Othal Wallace after he shot a police officer who is now battling for his life.
The Daytona Beach Police Department has put up a $100,000 reward following the shooting of a police officer. According to the reward notice shared on the police department's official website, the incident occurred on June 23, 2021.
Just before 9 p.m, the officer who was shot responded to an alert of a suspicious incident at 133 Kingston Avenue. On getting to the scene of the suspicious incident, the officer, whose name has not been revealed, was shot by the suspect.
An American policeman walks in the street with a police car visible in the background | Photo: Shutterstock/ALDECA studio
The suspect, who has now been identified as Othal Wallace, 29, immediately fled the scene after he shot the officer in the head. Footage from the officer's body camera revealed the exchange that occurred between him and Wallace.
When he arrived at the address, he found Wallace sitting in a parked car and asked him if he lived in the building. After refusing to answer the question, Wallace and the cop allegedly had a short struggle after the former got out of his car.
A police officer looks back towards a vehicle behind him. | Pexels/ Rosemary Ketchum
Moments later, the cop was heard pleading with Wallace to stop right before the gunshot sound rang. Other police officers arrived on the scene and found their injured colleague lying on the ground with the gunshot wound in his head.
The three allegedly got out of their vehicle, yelling obscenities at the cop before proceeding to hit him and kick him.
Quickly, he was moved to Halifax Health Medical Center by the paramedics, where he is now being treated. The injured cop also underwent surgery but remains in critical condition while the county is on lockdown and the search for his shooter continues.
Other details on Wallace's identity and whereabouts include the car he might be driving - a gray 2016 Honda HRV with a California tag of 7TNX532.
Blue police sirens on top of a vehicle. | Photo: Pexels
The police are encouraging anyone who has any information about Wallace and his whereabouts to call 911 immediately. Sadly, this attack on a police officer is not the first of its kind.
In Aurora, Illinois, three people were charged with various crimes after they allegedly assaulted a police officer during their exchange in a traffic stop. The three perpetrators have been identified as 28-year-old Paul Sherrod, 26-year-old Sheba Taylor, and 24-year-old Jennifer Taylor.
Photo of a police car parked on the street | Photo: Pexels
The three allegedly got out of their vehicle, yelling obscenities at the cop before proceeding to hit him and kick him. Other cops arrived at the scene in time to stop the assault from escalating and to put the three in custody.
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