Joshua Moyers Death – Obituary : According to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, Patrick McDowell, who accused of shooting a deputy in the face and back at a traffic stop in Callahan on Friday morning has been apprehended and charged after officials announced a manhunt.
29-year-old Deputy Joshua Moyers reportedly died in a Jacksonville hospital at mid-day Sunday after he was shot multiple time by the alleged suspect.
The 35-year-old was caught at the Kirsten Higginbotham Sports Complex near Callahan after authorities received a tip of to his whereabouts, according to Sheriff Bill Leeper.
“We got our man, “It’s a great day in Nassau County.” Leeper said at a news conference.
”When McDowell realized he was surrounded by SWAT officers, he didn’t cooperate fully at first, but eventually surrendered after a K9 was unleashed and bit his arm, Leeper added.
McDowell then came out of a bathroom where he had been hiding, “he crawled like a baby, like the coward he is,” Leeper added.
Authorities said no one else was injured during Tuesday’s arrest.
The search for McDowell included 300 investigators from multiple law enforcement agencies in the state.
Leeper said the handcuffs put on McDowell were Moyers’.
McDowell was treated for the new K9 bite wound as well as gunshot wounds he’d received from exchanging gunfire with deputies during the manhunt.
Leeper said McDowell shot a K-9 during that earlier incident in a wooded area where he was bedded down. Officers returned fire and struck him twice.
Arrests of people who were helping McDowell are pending, the sheriff added
“We’ve got one at least in custody. There may be some more. We don’t know yet but we’ll continue to investigate,” he said.
Several agencies cooperated in setting up a perimeter in the area.
“I wish he gave us an opportunity to shoot him, but he didn’t,” Leeper said Tuesday.
No weapon was found on McDowell at the time of his arrest.