A FLORIDA cop was shot in the head in shocking body cam footage, prompting a huge manhunt as police put up a $100,000 reward to catch the “armed and dangerous” suspect.
The Daytona Beach Police Department released the police officer’s body cam footage of the shooting on Wednesday as he fights for his life in hospital.
Daytona Beach Police Department released Othal Wallace’s mugshot[/caption]
The alleged cop shooter, Othal Wallace, 29, was identified after he was recorded asking the cop “what’s going on?” when he was asked to sit in his car during the police footage.
The officer then approached Wallace’s gray 2016 Honda HRV and asked if he lived in the area, before the suspect replied: “Come on now, come on now. Don’t do this.”
When the Florida cop tried to put his hands on Wallace in an effort to get him to sit down, a struggle ensued and rapidly escalated to the sound of a gunshot – and the officer falling.
Wallace’s mugshot and registration (CA tag 7TNX532) were released and a $100,000 reward was issued for any information that could lead to his apprehension.
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood confirmed he is “armed & dangerous” and said “please keep the @DaytonaBchPD officer and family in your prayers.”
Yesterday, Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young told reporters the officer was rushed to the Halifax Health Medical Center.
He has to get surgery and Volusia County remained under lockdown.
Young said: “This entire county is on lockdown until we track this coward down.
“So I’m grateful for every agency that’s responded over here tonight to help us as they’re committed to staying out here until we get this coward in custody.”
This morning, Young tweeted: “No change in the status of my hero who was shot in the line of duty last night. He’s fighting while all of us are praying
“The manhunt continues for the coward responsible for this…..”
Chitwood told Newsweek the officer remains in hospital in a “grave condition.”
Later, Daytona Beach Police Department wrote: “Due to the officer involved shooting last evening, we are sure you will understand that the food distribution event we were hosting tomorrow is being postponed.
“We will announce a new date in the future. Please continue to keep our fallen officer and his family in your prayers.”
Yesterday, the appealed for information and released the body cam footage and Wallace’s mugshot.
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“A $100,000 reward is now available for anyone who can help authorities locate the man who shot one of our officers in the head earlier this evening,” cops said.
“The man we’re looking for is located in the video below. His name is Othal Wallace. He’s 29 years old.
“Othal Wallace may be in a gray 2016 Honda HRV with a California tag of 7TNX532. Anyone with information is urged to contact 911 immediately.”