Othal Toreyane Resheen Wallace, the suspect in the recent shooting in Florida’s Daytona Beach in which a police officer was left fighting for his life, has been arrested while hiding in a treehouse in the neighboring state of Georgia.
29-year-old Wallace, also known as “O-Zone”, was busted in the woods of Georgia’s DeKalb County, east of Atlanta, at about 2:30 am on Saturday morning.
An FBI post on Twitter specified that the man is wanted for the attempted first-degree murder of a police officer with a firearm.
Affiliated with black extremist groups
“O-Zone” was discovered and captured after a wide-ranging manhunt by several law enforcement agencies, including the FBI.
Wallace has turned out to have connections to a total of three black extremist militant organizations based on information from his Facebook page, the local Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.
He was arrested on property owned by a group called “Not F***ing Around Coalition” (NFAC) Black Militia, with which he is affiliated.
He was also found to be a member of a group called the New Black Panther Party as well as the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, more specifically of its Atlanta Chapter.
The latter organization is named one of the founders of the original Black Panthers group in the 1960s.
The New Black Panthers have been denounced even by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit specializing in cases of “white supremacy”.
The SPLC has slammed the group for being a “bigoted, anti-white” and anti-Semitic organization preaching hatred of LGBT people and Jews. The American public is yet to hear any denouncement of violent radicals such as the groups Wallace is part of, which pose grave threats to law enforcement and national security.
Shot the officer in the head
Besides his membership in three violent black extremist organizations, O-Zone Wallace also has a long criminal record, including aggravated deadly weapon assault, trespassing, suspended license driving, and resisting an officer.
Meanwhile, representatives of NFAC Global sought to distance themselves from the Daytona Beach shooting suspect.
A spokeswoman, Debbie James, claimed Wallace had been removed from the group back in January.
Another representative of NFA, Brandon Oliver, even alleged that the NFAC itself had been disbanded, a weird statement considering the fact that it still owns the property on which Wallace was arrested.
Daytona Beach officer Jason Raynor, known for several heroic acts in his career, was shot in the head by Wallance last Wednesday while investigating a “suspicious incident”.
The shooting was captured by Raynor’s body cam.
On Friday, it was reported that Raynor was still fighting for his life even though he had had a “fairly successful” surgery.