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Florida congressman apologizes for revealing injured cop’s condition

Florida congressman apologizes for publicly revealing a cop shot in the head two weeks ago is now awake and speaking – after police chief accused him of violating family’s privacy

  • Daytona Beach police officer Jason Raynor, 26, was critically wounded when he was allegedly shot by Othal Wallace on June 23
  • Rep. Mike Waltz said on Thursday that the Daytona Beach Police Chief had told him Raynor, who is still in hospital, is now awake and speaking
  • Waltz later apologized after Chief Jakari Young lashed out, saying the congressman had ‘no right’ to release details of the officer’s condition 
  • Wallace was charged this week with attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer with a firearm
  • He was taken into custody on June 26 after he fled to Atlanta, Georgia following the shooting
  • Wallace was found hiding in a treehouse on a 3-acre property that has links to No F-ing Around Coalition – a black nationalist paramilitary organization 


A Florida police chief has lashed out at a local congressman after he publicly revealed, without the family’s consent, that an officer who was shot in the head two weeks is now awake and speaking. 

Daytona Beach police officer Jason Raynor, 26, was critically wounded when he was allegedly shot by Othal Wallace while investigating a ‘suspicious incident’ on June 23. 

Rep. Mike Waltz tweeted on Thursday that Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young had told him Raynor, who is still in hospital, is now awake. 

‘Officer Raynor is speaking and opening his eyes. His mother felt comfortable leaving the hospital for the first time in weeks,’ Waltz said. 

‘Nothing short of a miracle!’

The police chief lashed out on Friday morning, saying Waltz had ‘no right’ to make Raynor’s condition public. 

Daytona Beach police officer Jason Raynor, 26, was critically wounded when he was allegedly shot by Othal Wallace while investigating a ‘suspicious incident’ on June 23

‘If I or @DaytonaBchPD intended to give an update on Officer Raynor’s status we would have done so ourselves!

‘@michaelgwaltz had NO RIGHT to tweet this! I apologize to the Raynor family for this egregious violation of their trust. This is nothing more than politics at its best.’

OthalWallace was charged this week with attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer with a firearm

OthalWallace was charged this week with attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer with a firearm

Waltz apologized soon after, saying: ‘My sincerest apologies to the Raynor family and @DaytonaBchPD. I was excited at the prospect of good news for Officer Raynor and did not intend to share info that wasn’t meant to be released. Continuing to pray for a speedy recovery.’

Wallace was charged this week with attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer with a firearm.

Police said the 29-year-old was taken into custody on June 26 following a 56-hour manhunt after he fled to Atlanta, Georgia following the shooting.  

Wallace was found hiding in a treehouse on a 3-acre property that has links to No F-ing Around Coalition – a black nationalist paramilitary organization.

He was transported back to Florida to face charges. 

Police had been offering a $100,000 reward for information that led to Wallace’s capture. 

Rep. Mike Waltz

Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young

Rep. Mike Waltz (left) tweeted on Thursday that Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young (right) had told him Raynor, who is still in hospital, is now awake. The police chief lashed out on Friday morning, saying Waltz had ‘no right’ to make Raynor’s condition public

Raynor’s body camera captured the moment Wallace allegedly fired at him.

The officer had approached a vehicle that Wallace was sitting in outside an apartment complex the night of June 23. 

Raynor could be heard asking Wallace if he lived at the complex before telling him to sit down after he tried getting out of the car. 

Responding to the officer’s repeated calls for him to ‘sit’, Wallace said: ‘Come on man. Sir, don’t do this. Why are you asking me do I live here? What’s going on though?’

Wallace could then be heard telling the suspect to ‘back up’ before a struggle broke out between the pair. 

A gunshot rang out and Raynor fell to the ground.  

The last official word from the police department was that Raynor was in a critical condition.   

Since the shooting, the Daytona Beach Police Department has organized a series of fundraisers to raise money for the injured officer. 

Police have been selling yard signs that read ‘Daytona Strong, Raynor Strong’ with all proceeds going towards Raynor and his family. 

A GoFundMe page has also already received more than $366,000 in donations.  

Raynor's body camera captured the moment Wallace allegedly fired at him. The officer had approached a vehicle that Wallace was sitting in outside an apartment complex the night of June 23

Raynor’s body camera captured the moment Wallace allegedly fired at him. The officer had approached a vehicle that Wallace was sitting in outside an apartment complex the night of June 23 

Wallace could then be heard telling the suspect to 'back up' before a struggle broke out between the pair. A gunshot rang out and Raynor fell to the ground

Wallace could then be heard telling the suspect to ‘back up’ before a struggle broke out between the pair. A gunshot rang out and Raynor fell to the ground 

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