Police find suspect in Georgia’s tree house
Daytona Beach, Florida — On Saturday, police arrested a man suspected of shooting a Daytona Beach police officer in the head earlier this week, putting the police officer in danger and launching a manhunt for several days.
Police chief Jakari Young said at a press conference on Saturday that 29-year-old Otaru Wallace, a suspect hiding in a tree house in DeKalb County, Georgia, was arrested.
Wallace was found in a remote forest area with multiple weapons, ammunition, and bulletproof vests.
The property where Wallace was discovered is affiliated with a Progan group known as NFAC, an organization known for its opposition to white supremacism and police violence, Young said.
Wallace, who had been detained in Georgia on Saturday morning, was returned to Volcia County, Florida, and was detained on suspicion of attempted first-class attempted murder by law enforcement officers, according to Young.
Young acknowledged surveillance and skill by leading them to Wallace. The reward for information leading to Wallace’s capture was raised to $ 200,000 on Friday, but Young said no one was eligible for the reward.
Meanwhile, the injured policeman Jason Reiner, 26, continues his recovery. Young said there were “very positive signs of improvement” in Reiner’s condition.
Reiner had not had surgery on Thursday, according to a statement by Daytona Beach police.
“The surgery was quite successful,” Young said at a press conference Thursday. “He still has a long way to go.”
Reiner is “fighting for his life,” Young said. He later described him as an elastic man with a “golden heart.”
“If he gets over this, this cop will be able to return to full mission with all his might. He will continue to serve this community without malicious intent or genuine hatred for what happened to him. What type of person is he? “Young said.
Reiner worked for Port Orange police for three years before joining Daytona Beach police in February 2019, officials said.
Young said he woke up Reiner’s family and talked about his arrest.
“As you can imagine, there was a big sigh of relief,” Young said. “And I hope they can finally get a few hours of sleep. Now they can focus solely on Officer Reiner and his recovery.”
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Reiner was doing an “aggressive patrol” just before 9 pm on Wednesday, Young said. According to a tweet from police, police officers said they were investigating a suspicious case over the air.
“When he arrived, he contacted the coward … and at some point, when he was escorting him from the car, the suspect turned around and shot my officer’s head once,” Young said. It was.
Shooting video Daytona Beach police have announced that police will approach the car and ask if they live in the area.
The man goes out and asks, “What’s wrong?” When a policeman instructed him to sit down. The man asks the police to back up before the footage becomes unstable and the gunshot is heard.
After a few minutes, the policeman did not respond to the other police officers calling him on the radio. According to a police statement, when police arrived, they found him lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital.
A search of a nearby apartment where police believed the suspect revealed a cache of weapons, including at least three bulletproof vests, multiple magazines, rifles, and semi-automatic pistols, Young said.
According to online records, the suspect was sentenced to prison but not sent to a Florida prison. Wallace’s criminal record includes a previous case of domestic violence and one case accused of waving a gun to intimidate a woman.
According to Young, more than 500 executives from various agencies have helped find Wallace.
“We promise to stay here until we detain this coward, so we thank all the institutions that helped us here tonight,” Young said.
Contribution: Edward Segarra, USA TODAY; Associated Press