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$100,000 reward offered after Florida officer shot in the head

The Daytona Beach officer was in critical condition. The suspect, 29-year-old Othal Wallace, fled the scene after the shooting, police said.
Authorities are looking for Othal Wallace, 29, in the shooting Wednesday night of a Daytona Beach police officer. The officer was in critical condition.
Authorities are looking for Othal Wallace, 29, in the shooting Wednesday night of a Daytona Beach police officer. The officer was in critical condition. [ Daytona Beach Police Department ]
Published Jun. 24
Updated Jun. 24

DAYTONA BEACH — A $100,000 reward is being offered to anyone who can help authorities locate a suspect in the shooting Wednesday night of a Daytona Beach police officer.

The incident began just before 9 p.m. when the officer responded to a suspicious incident in the area of 133 Kingston Ave. After several minutes passed, the officer stopped responding to other units calling him on the radio.

Authorities are looking for a grey car with a California tag in the shooting of a Daytona Beach police officer.
Authorities are looking for a grey car with a California tag in the shooting of a Daytona Beach police officer. [ Daytona Beach Police Department ]

Other officers arrived shortly afterward and found the victim on the ground, shot in the head. Paramedics took him to Halifax Health Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and is in critical condition.

The officer was not identified.

Police released body camera video from the scene showing an officer approaching a man in a car and words exchanged. “Do you live here?” the officer asks at one point, and the man responds, “Why you hassling me do I live here?” The officer can be heard saying, “Stop, stop, stop man,” before the video ends.

The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Othal Wallace, fled the scene after the shooting, police said.

A number of law enforcement agencies have joined in the search for Wallace. He may be in a gray 2016 Honda HRV with a California tag of 7TNX532.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Dayton Beach police. Anonymous tips can be submitted online and through Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-TIPS (8477).