Jason Raynor died Tuesday, two months after he was shot in the head while on the job. The 26-year-old Daytona Beach police officer was shot by 29-year-old Othal Wallace during a routine traffic stop on June 23. The Port Orange Police Department remembered the officer for his bravery and commended him for his outstanding service in his five years on the job.
According to police, Jason Raynor succumbed to his injuries in the hospital, having suffered complications from the gunshot wound in his head. He had worked with the Daytona Beach Police Department for just under three years before the tragic incident. Before that, he worked for the Port Orange Police Department from October 2016 to February 2019.
“Today is an extremely difficult day for the Daytona Beach Police Department and the City of Daytona Beach,” Police Chief Jakari Young said in a statement Tuesday. “It is with an extremely heavy heart that I inform everyone that our beloved brother, Officer Jason Raynor, has passed away with his immediate family by his side.”
According to reports, the Daytona Beach officer stayed in the hospital for two months following the tragic traffic stop. The “hero’s” family and friends, however, maintained hope that he would recover from his injuries, though they knew his recovery would be difficult.
The officer died at 8:09 p.m. on Tuesday at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, police reported. Chief Young and Raynor’s family requested respect and privacy while they mourn the fallen police officer. Anyone who wished to send their condolences or offer a donation was asked to contact the police department rather than go to the family directly.
Chief Young added that “the outpouring of love and support that all of you have shown to our police department and to Officer Raynor’s family since he was severely injured has been nothing short of amazing. In His infinite wisdom, God decided that it was time for this courageous young man to guard the gates of Heaven, even though that wasn’t the outcome that we all hoped for.”
According to his former employer, Officer Jason Raynor was “an exemplary officer at our agency where he [maintained] friendships with many of our current officers and staff.” The Port Orange Police Department reported that he “received an award of achievement on December 5, 2018, where he and two other officers were able to successfully rescue a female who was attempting” to commit suicide.
The officer is remembered for his “jovial spirit and genuine concern for his brothers and sisters and the communities he [served].” According to Daytona Beach Police Department, Raynor was the 10th DBPD cop to fall in the line of duty in the department’s history. His funeral arrangements have not been set, police reported.
Jason Raynor was shot by Othal Wallace on June 23rd during a routine traffic stop in Central Florida. Wallace fled the scene, sparking a multi-state manhunt for the shooter. Police arrested Wallace in Atlanta, Georgia, 56 hours after he opened fire on Raynor. He is currently being held in a Volusia County jail on a charge of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer. He pled not guilty. Police have not reported whether that charge has been upgraded following Raynor’s death.
The Daytona Beach Police Department created a GoFundMe page after the incident to raise money for Raynor’s difficult recovery. “The incident is not only physically traumatizing but emotional,” the police department wrote at the time. “This HERO has a long road ahead of him. DBPD is asking for your assistance in supporting his family during this difficult time. The setup of this GoFundMe page is for the sole purpose of providing assistance for the Raynor Family for his swift recovery.”
The GoFundMe page has raised over $375,000 as of Wednesday morning. Before Jason Raynor died, his family was hopeful that he would recover. The policeman underwent surgery last week, which many believed would save his life.
Before Raynor’s death, Chief Young said that he was “extremely heartbroken” but that “we work extremely hard to try to change the narrative so that we do not have the issues that you see in other areas of the country as it pertains to law enforcement and the communities that we serve.” He told the people of Daytona Beach that “I want to assure my residents, the residents of this city, that even though we are hurt, and even though we are heartbroken, if you need us, we will be there.”