A suspect wanted in Wednesday’s gunshot wound in Daytona Beach, Fla., Police Officer Jayson Raynor has been apprehended following a manhunt involving the FBI, according to reports.
Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young tweeted early Saturday that suspect Othal Toreyane Resheen Wallace, 29, known as “O-Zone”, had been arrested.
At a press conference later Saturday morning, the Chief said Wallace was captured around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday while hiding in a treehouse in a wooded area in DeKalb County, Ga. , east of Atlanta.
The chief also tweeted a photo of the suspect.
Wallace was found with several weapons as well as a bulletproof vest, the chief said, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
The property where Wallace was found belonged to the activist group NFAC (Not F — ing Around Coalition), the chief said, according to the newspaper.
Wallace was wanted for attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer with a firearm, an FBI Twitter article said Friday night.
The suspect’s Facebook page suggested he was linked to the NFAC Black Militia groups, the New Black Panther Party and the Atlanta chapter of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, which is named after a founder of the Black Panthers for years. 1960, the News -Journal reported.
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Debbie James, spokesperson for NFAC Global, claimed Wallace was fired from the group in January.
Another representative of the group said it had disbanded.
“It doesn’t even really exist anymore,” NFAC’s Brandon Oliver told WKMG-TV in Orlando. “The NFAC is pretty much over. “
“It doesn’t even really exist anymore. NFAC is pretty much over. “
Oliver claimed that Wallace had recently dedicated his life to God, according to the station.
Wallace a un long criminal history this includes aggravated assault with a lethal weapon without intent to kill, trespassing, resisting an officer and driving with a suspended license, authorities said.
A Twitter post from the FBI office in Jacksonville, Florida included two photos of the suspect, one that appeared to be a passport photo of a previous arrest and one that appeared to be a screenshot of a Body camera video footage that Daytona Beach police posted earlier in the week.
Video footage showed Officer Raynor being shot around 9 p.m. Wednesday during a confrontation with a suspect identified by authorities as Wallace behind an apartment building, the News-Journal reported. Raynor was patrolling the area due to complaints from residents about crime in the area, according to the report.
Raynor, 26, continued to “fight for his life” in a hospital on Friday after being shot in the head, the News-Journal reported.
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“The operation was quite successful”,
Raynor has had a record of heroic deeds during his career, the newspaper reported.
For example, Raynor was one of many officers who helped convince a distraught woman not to jump off a local bridge in December 2018, according to the newspaper.
Actor Scott Baio posted a video on Friday offering his support for the injured officer.
A reward leading to Wallace’s capture had been doubled to $ 200,000 on Friday, the News-Journal reported. The additional $ 100,000 came from a single anonymous donor, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood told the newspaper.