Florida police officer, who has been in critical condition after being shot in the head by a suspect late last month, “speaks now and opens his eyes”, a Florida congressman has revealed – although he is now facing criticism from the officer’s chief for having revealed that Information.
Rep. Mike Waltz, R-FLa., Says he learned about Daytona Beach police officer Jason Raynor’s condition after talking to his boss. Othal Wallace, who is accused of shooting Raynor in the head during a traffic stop on June 23, was charged on Thursday with murder charges.
“His mother felt comfortable leaving the hospital for the first time in weeks,”
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However, Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young criticizes Waltz Friday for revealing the information.
“If I or @DaytonaBchPD intended to give an update on Officer Raynor’s status, we would have done it ourselves! @Michaelgwaltz had NO RIGHT to tweet this!” Young posted on Twitter. “I apologize to the Raynor family for this serious breach of their trust. This is nothing but politics at its best.”
Waltz later offered his “sincere apologies to the Raynor family” and Daytona Beach police.
“I was excited about the prospect of good news for Officer Raynor and did not intend to share information that was not intended to be released. Continue to ask for a speedy recovery,” he wrote in a follow-up tweet.
When Fox News contacted Daytona Beach police on Friday and asked about Raynor’s condition, a department spokesman said: “Referring to a post by Rep. Mike Waltz, it is not our practice to confirm someone else’s Tweet / statement” and “The Chief has no further comment. “
Raynor’s bodycam recorded the recording, and the video shows Wallace getting out of the driver’s seat as the officer approaches and refuses when Raynor asks him to sit down again.
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After a brief exchange, the two begin to fight, and Raynor can be heard shouting, “Stop! Stop! Man!” before a shot. The officer had been hospitalized in critical condition ever since.
At the time of his arrest, Wallace was allegedly locked inside a wooden house filled with firearms on land owned by the “Not F — ing Around Coalition”, according to authorities.
The group, also known as the NFAC, has been involved in at least one violent clash before. A member accidentally shot and wounded three employees during an armed rally in Louisville, Ky., In July 2020.
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A now-removed Facebook page belonging to the militia and allegedly run by Wallace contained violent anti-police rhetoric and black messages of power.
He has a long criminal record, including arrests for assault and battery.
Fox News’ Michael Ruiz and Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.