Blue Alert for Patrick McDowell who is hiding in woods after 'shooting Nassau deputy Joshua Moyers during traffic stop'September 26, 2021
A BLUE Alert has been issued for Patrick McDowell, who is suspected of hiding in the woods after shooting Nassau deputy Joshua Moyers during a traffic stop.
Moyers, 29, was shot in the face and back early Friday morning in Callahan, Florida, after pulling McDowell, 35, over, according to authorities.
Police believe that the vehicle McDowell was driving was stolen.
Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leep said that doctors attempted to save Deputy Moyers, but were unable to.
His family decided to have his organs donated, so medical staff is keeping him alive until the hospital can find matches, according to CBS Miami.
Meanwhile, McDowell is still on the run, with authorities suspecting that he may be hiding in a wooded area.
The suspect is a former Marine, and a weapons instructor who has worked with him in the past told News 4 Jax that McDowell is a "survivalist" who can likely hide well.
"He was a student of mine. He worked for a security company. I did his training and then his annual recertification for about three years. That was about 10 or 12 years ago," Weapons instructor Del Angelo told the outlet.
He later added: "He’s very much a survivalist and he’s been military trained on survival and weapons use. So he’s very accomplished at survival and being unrecognized.
"He can’t change his appearance but he can sure hide well and know how to stay out of people’s line of sight."
The Blue Alert issued for McDowell warns anyone who sees him to not approach the suspect but to contact law enforcement immediately.
"He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, white undershirt, camouflage shorts, and black shoes," the alert says.
"McDowell has wide earing holes in his ears. McDowell has a tattoo on his left shoulder stating, 'Death Before Dishonor' and a tattoo on his right arm stating 'EGA.'
"McDowell is the subject of a Blue Alert because he is suspected of killing a Florida Law Enforcement officer.
"If located, DO NOT APPROACH. Contact law enforcement immediately."
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