Patrick McDowell Wiki – Patrick McDowell Biography
Patrick McDowell is a Florida man and former Marine accused of fatally shooting Nassau County Deputy Joshua Moyers during a traffic stop. A search is on for the “armed and dangerous” McDowell after the Friday, September 24, 2021 shooting.
Moyers died on Sunday. McDowell is also accused of shooting a police K-9 while fleeing. The dog survived and is recovering after being treated by a veterinarian.
He is 35 years old.
Deputy Joshua Moyers stopped Patrick McDowell in a stolen Chrysler minivan on Friday, September 24, 2021, at about 2:30 a.m. on Sandy Ford Road near Micker Street in the Callahan area of U.S. 301, the sheriff said at a press conference.
We’ve had several people asking about tattoos… these are Patrick McDowell’s tattoos. Thank you for your help and support. Also including another shot of his face to keep that circulating.#findMcDowell pic.twitter.com/k8wtgmVPYm
— Nassau County SO (@NCSO_FL) September 26, 2021
According to the sheriff, a female passenger was in the stolen van with McDowell. Leeper said McDowell gave Moyers a fake name and didn’t have a driver’s license. According to Leeper, when Moyers learned he had been given a phony name, he asked McDowell if he had any weapons and told him to get out of the vehicle.
McDowell then shot Moyers under his right eye and in the back, Leeper said. The shooting happened as a train was approaching a railroad crossing near where the traffic stop occurred. Leeper said McDowell then fled from the scene, driving over the crossing just before the railroad crossing arm came down.
Moyers was found suffering from gunshot wounds by a second deputy and was rushed to a hospital, where he died two days later. The stolen van was found in a nearby wooded area, Leeper said. According to Leeper, the woman who was in the truck with McDowell was with the vehicle and cooperated with deputies at the scene and with investigators.
His fiancee, parents, and brother survive deputy Josh Moyers, the sheriff’s office said. He began working in Nassau County in 2015. Leeper called Moyers a “great guy” at a press conference before Moyers died. The sheriff said that he was recently engaged to be married and was planning his wedding with his fiancee.
According to the sheriff’s office, Moyers graduated from Hilliard Middle-Senior High School in Hilliard, Florida, in 2010 and studied at St. Johns River State College. He spent two years as an explorer before being hired as a deputy and was given an award in 2018 for his actions going above, and beyond the call of duty in a narcotics case, the sheriff’s office said.
Lali Moyers wrote on a GoFundMe set up to help raise money for their family, “Please help me send support to Ivy, as she faces her future without the love of her life, fiancé and Hero, Deputy Joshua Moyers; Tragically killed in the line of duty serving and protecting Nassau County.”