FLORIDA (AP) – A Florida Blue Alert was sent to people’s phones and other digital devices shortly after 1 p.m. on Thursday, on behalf of Volusia County, regarding a manhunt for a suspect who shot a Daytona Beach police officer
What You Should Know
- On Thursday afternoon, the Daytona Beach Police Department issued a Florida Blue Alert.
- Blue Alerts are sent when a law enforcement personnel is involved in a critical situation.
- Blue Alerts are authorized and aired by the FDLE, FDOT, and FHP in collaboration.
- Since 2011, Florida has had a Blue Alert system, although just three have been issued.
When Florida law enforcement agencies desire the public’s assistance in a severe police investigation directly involving an officer, such as when a suspect is on the loose after killing or seriously injuring an officer, or when an officer is missing, a Blue Alert is issued. A Blue Alert is issued in the case of an urgent crisis involving a law enforcement officer, similar to how an Amber Alert is issued in the case of a missing kid or a Silver Alert is issued in the case of a missing elderly person.
For a Blue Alert to be issued, four criteria must be met:
In the line of duty, a law enforcement officer must have been gravely hurt, killed by a subject or subjects, or gone missing “under conditions posing a threat to the law enforcement officer’s safety.”
The investigating agency found that the subject “poses a substantial risk to the public or other law enforcement officials, and the alert may help avert further harm or assist in the suspect’s detention.”
There is relevant and potentially useful information to broadcast to the public, such as a description of a subject’s car or a license plate number.
The alarm should be issued, according to the jurisdictional agency.
The Daytona Beach Police Department gave the name of a suspect, Othal Wallace, as well as a description of the vehicle he might be driving, a gray 2016 Honda CR-V with the California license plate 7TNX532.
Governor Rick Scott established the Florida Blue Alert system by executive order in 2011; according to the FDLE, just three have been issued since then. Blue Alerts are in effect in 35 additional states.