Police: Massive manhunt underway after this man shot an officer in the head and escaped

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – A manhunt is currently active for a 29-year-old suspect who authorities say shot a Daytona Beach Police officer on the evening of June 23rd, with the unidentified officer currently being in critical condition. 

Reportedly, the U.S. Marshals have now gotten involved with the manhunt for the at-large suspect. 

Officers from multiple agencies are currently searching for 29-year-old Othal Wallace, who officials say shot a 26-year-old Daytona Beach Police officer in the head during the evening of June 23rd. 

At approximately 8:50 p.m., the officer was in his patrol area when he spotted what he believed to be a suspicious vehicle in the back of an apartment complex off of the 100 block of Kingston Avenue. 

Bodycam footage from the encounter with the suspect was released by the Daytona Beach Police Department, showing the unidentified officer approaching the vehicle and the driver stepping out once the officer is near the driver’s side door. 

From the footage provided, the officer can be heard asking if the driver resides in the apartment complex, which the suspect becomes agitated at the questioning: 

“Don’t do this. Why are you asking me if I live here? What’s going on though?”

Shortly after the suspect asked the officer what was going on, he became physical, shoving the officer away – and then, a gunshot can be heard going off. 

Wallace was said to have fled from the scene, with authorities suspecting he’s driving a gray 2016 Honda HRV with the California license plate number 7TNX532.

According to Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young, Wallace’s family resides in one of the apartments, but but it’s unclear whether said apartment is Wallace’s primary residence. 

A search warrant was obtained for the apartment in question, which police did recover least three ballistic vests, several high-capacity magazines, a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun and multiple boxes of ammunition.

Chief Young mentioned that investigators are pursuing some leads on Wallace’s whereabouts, but are keeping that information close to their chest so as not to sully the actionable intel: 

“We do have a few leads in reference to the suspect. Obviously, I’m not going to get into those leads at this time.”

Background details on the at-large suspect show that he does have a history of previous arrests in Florida, but none as severe as the incident with which he’s currently being sought by police. 

Records show that Wallace had two arrests in 2018 out of Broward County related to domestic violence. One of the cases, the Office of the State Attorney opted to not pursue charges.

The second domestic violence case resulted in a withheld adjudication, meaning that there was no formal judgement of guilt, but a form of probation was administered.

Also in 2018, Wallace was arrested by West Melbourne Police after he was spotted recklessly driving down I-95.

The arrest report noted that Wallace was charged with driving on a suspended license and possession of cannabis after marijuana was found inside of his vehicle during the stop. 

Wallace was said to have pleaded no contest on the aforementioned charges. 

A reward of $100,000 is being offered for anyone with information that can lead authorities to Wallace. Officials want to stress that Wallace is to be considered armed and dangerous and to call 911 immediately if he is spotted. 

As for the unidentified officer, he reportedly underwent surgery at Halifax Health. Chief Young stated that while the unnamed officer “has experienced some improvement,” he “still has a long way to go.”

This is an ongoing investigation. 

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further details on this developing case. 

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In other cases stemming from Florida, newly released details regarding a man police say commissioned a knife attack against his girlfriend back in April brings additional context to an already disturbing case. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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ORLANDO, FL – Police in Orlando arrested a 35-year-old man they say paid a homeless man $100 to slash his girlfriend in the face in an effort to “send a message.”

The recently released police report also shows that the boyfriend who allegedly commissioned this attack on his girlfriend was at the hospital with her after the was slashed.

At approximately 9:52 p.m. on April 17th, the victim had reportedly parked her vehicle at a parking garage within the 100 block of South Orange Avenue and had opened her driver’s side door, but briefly turned over to grab her purse.

As the victim was doing this, an unknown Hispanic male had launched an attack on the woman, slashing her in the face with some sort of bladed object.

The police report noted the victim suffered “two lacerations to her face, one to the left side of her nose and another laceration from the left side of her cheek to the left ear.”

The officer who arrived on the scene after the attack, identified as Officer Juarbe in the report, noted the following while examining the crime scene:

“Upon walking the crime scene, I observed the victim’s vehicle parked [redacted]. There was a significant amount of blood around the driver’s portion of the vehicle. I also observed a trail of blood leading to the elevator, which was consistent with the victim running to her place of work.”

The victim told authorities that she didn’t recognize who attacked her, nor did the attacker say anything while cutting her face.

When Officer Juarbe was speaking with the victim inside of the hospital while she was being treated, she was accompanied by her boyfriend, identified as Alexis Colon Colon, who proclaimed to have been at home when the incident happened.

During the course of the investigation, security footage obtained from the parking garage where the incident transpired showed a light colored Toyota Prius that had entered the parking garage shortly before the attack and then left the garage shortly after the incident.

Further investigation uncovered footage obtained from street cameras that showed this Toyota Prius following the victim’s vehicle prior to the attack.

Investigators conducted a follow up interview with the victim three days after the attack, and outside of learning that there was a history of domestic violence between her and Colon Colon, the victim mentioned that she remembered Colon Colon having access to a Toyota Prius by way of a tow yard that was located on Ferguson drive.

When investigators tracked down this tow yard, they happened to find this Toyota Prius, which eventually led them to a witness who proclaimed to have had a conversation with Colon Colon inside a vehicle where he’d asked him if he knew anyone who could “hurt” a woman who had upset him.

Alexis Colon Colon - Orlando Police Department
Alexis Colon Colon – Orlando Police Department

This witness reportedly told Colon Colon that he didn’t know of anyone that would do something like that, but informed investigators that Colon Colon picked up a “homeless Spanish male” where he observed Colon Colon make the same proposition to.

The witness proclaimed that Colon Colon paid the vagrant $100 on April 15th after coming to an agreement that this homeless man would attack a woman who works in the Downton Orlando area, driving the vagrant to the specific parking lot where the attack would occur two days later.

Colon Colon was later arrested in early May, having been charged with criminal attempted felony and burglary with a deadly weapon. He’s currently being held without bond at the Orange County Jail.

Authorities have yet to track down the vagrant who allegedly carried out the attack.

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Meanwhile, a teen in Florida was recently arrested for a double murder, which authorities say the only motive was because the juvenile simply “wanted to kill someone.”

Here’s that previous report. 

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SUMTER COUNTY, FL – Sumter County Sheriff’s Officer officials confirmed the arrest of a 15-year-old male for the fatal shooting of two teenagers in Wildwood that occurred back in May. Authorities have released the name of the juvenile suspect arrested.

Chief Deputy Chris Haworth said that 15-year-old Clarence “CJ” Patterson was arrested on June 10th for the fatal shootings of 16-year-old Prestin Nixon and 17-year-old Isaiah Nelson.

Sumter County deputies reportedly discovered the bodies of the two victims on May 12th along the roadway near County Road 219 in Wildwood.

Prior to the arrest of Patterson, Captain Jon Galvin described the murders as being “brutal and senseless” with investigators suspecting at the onset that someone familiar with the teens was behind the murders.

Following the arrest of Patterson, Chief Deputy Haworth said that the potential motive behind the case was that Patterson didn’t like one of the victims and simply wanted to commit a murder:

“The only motivation for this senseless crime was that CJ Patterson did not like one of the victims and wanted to kill someone.”

The investigation into the killings is still ongoing.

It’s unclear as of this time whether Patterson will be charged as an adult for the alleged murders, as Chief Deputy Haworth noted that the case is still in the hands of prosecutors.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further details in this developing case. 

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