The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ASO) recovered a car involved with the shooting of Daytona Beach police officer Jason Raynor last week.
The gray 2016 Honda CR-V was located in the Home Depot parking lot at Tower Road. Police recovered the vehicle at 4:36 p.m. on Saturday.
The sheriff’s department towed the vehicle away and will hand it over to the Daytona Beach Police Department.
Spokesman Art Forgey said in a phone interview that the ASO didn’t know how long the vehicle had been parked at the Home Depot location, but investigators would begin working with surrounding businesses to build a timeline and learn more information.
Forgey said it was great to assist the Daytona Beach Police Department on this investigation.
“They’re going through a horrible time right now, and this is one piece of the puzzle they don’t have to search for anymore,” Forgey said.
Just over 12 hours before Alachua County recovered the vehicle, law enforcement captured Othal Wallace, accused of shooting Raynor in the head, in a treehouse east of Atlanta after a massive manhunt.
Forgey wasn’t sure if Wallace grew up in Gainesville, as some online commenters have claimed. However, he said the sheriff’s department had history on him, with Gainesville addresses for Wallace from 2002 and 2006.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported that the three-acre property where Wallace was found is affiliated with NFAC, a Black nationalist paramilitary organization that stands for Not F-ing Around Coalition.
Raynor, 26, remains in critical condition. A GoFundMe page supporting his recovery has already raised over $280,000.