In Memory of Police Officer Jason Raynor
On Tuesday, August 17, 2021, the Daytona Beach Police Department gave residents the news that they had lost one of their officers to gun violence. Police Officer Jason Raynor, age 26, died from gunshot wounds he received on June 23, 2021.
On June 23, Police Officer Raynor noticed a suspicious vehicle and went to investigate. A car was parked in the 100 block of Kingston Avenue in Daytona Beach. Officer Raynor approached the vehicle and noticed there were occupants in the vehicle.
A man exited and jumped Officer Raynor. After pushing Raynor, the two began to struggle. The subject then pulled a weapon and shot Officer Raynor.
Raynor was hit in the head. He died 55 days after the shooting.
The suspect fled. He was arrested on June 26 in Atlanta, Georgia. From there, the state of Florida extradited him to Daytona Beach. He is charged with attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer. These charges were before the death of Officer Raynor. Charges are
Police Officer Jason Raynor was enjoying his career as a police officer. It had been his dream job for many years. He served with the Daytona Beach Police Department for over two years. Before he began his employment in Daytona Beach, he had started his career with the Port Orange Police Department. He served in Port Orange for about three years.
Raynor is the tenth officer to die in the line of duty in the Daytona Beach Police Department’s history.
Daytona Beach Police Department
Officer Raynor was proud to be a member of the Daytona Beach Police Department. The DBPD is the primary law enforcement for Daytona Beach. It is a fully accredited law enforcement agency that employs approximately 241 sworn full-time police officers and 105 part-time officers. In addition, to help officers with administration, the agency also employs around 80 civilians.
The agency is known for its work with youth and recruiting new officers through its “Scumbag Eradication Team.” In this example, the department uses humor to reach teenagers who may be interested in a career in law enforcement. It is part of the Police Explorers program, which the Boy Scouts of America oversee.
Police Officer Jason Raynor leaves behind his mother, father, and sister. Hundreds of residents, friends, and fellow officers joined the Raynor family at his funeral, which due to the overwhelming support, was held in the Daytona Beach Ocean Center Convention Center.
The Florida GOP posted the announcement of Officer Raynor’s loss and encouraging flags to be lowered to half-staff in his honor. “Today, Florida flags will be flown at half-staff in recognition of Daytona Beach Police Officer Jason Raynor, who was killed in the line of duty. To his family, our prayers & condolences go out to you in gratitude for Jason’s service & love for the community. He was 26 years old.”
NYPD News shared condolences over the loss of Officer Raynor. “Our deepest condolences go out to the family, friends, and co-workers of Police Officer Jason Raynor of the @DaytonaBchPD, who was shot on June 23rd while investigating a suspicious vehicle and succumb to his injuries yesterday.”
The Titusville Police Department gave a statement on Twitter sharing condolences for the Raynor family and his colleagues. “Members of the Titusville Police Department send our heartfelt thoughts and condolences to the family, friends, and law enforcement brothers and sisters of Daytona Beach Police Officer Jason Raynor EOW on August 17, 2021.”