Armed and Dangerous: Patrick McDowell Wanted for Killing Nassau County Deputy

Deputy Joshua Moyers conducted a traffic stop on a minivan containing a male driver and a woman at around 2:30 a.m. on Friday in Callahan, FL. The deputy asked for his driver’s license, but he didn’t have one, so the officer went back to his patrol vehicle to run the name given. When it didn’t match the vehicle owner, Deputy Moyers went back to the driver and asked him to exit the vehicle. The driver, identified from the body cam as Patrick McDowell, shot the Deputy in the face, and as he collapsed, continued to shoot him in the back. Moyers died Sunday morning.

“Unfortunately, Deputy Moyers is not going to survive. Where the bullets lodged, what it did, there’s just nothing they can do, unfortunately. … We now have a murderer on the loose in our community. This guy is dangerous. If you’re in a home and he breaks into your home and you have a gun, blow him out the door cause he’s like a rabid animal. He will kill you with his mindset. What he did to that deputy, was uncalled for, unnecessary and he needs to pay for it.”

“If we find out anybody has helped him or is going to help him, do not do that. If we find out you’ve helped this guy, we’re going to arrest you. We’re going to arrest you. We’re going to arrest you for preventing us from capturing him.“

Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper

Leeper said the video showed McDowell shooting Moyers in the face, then continuing by shooting him in the back after Moyers had collapsed to the ground before McDowell fled in the van to a woods nearby. Deputies found the minivan abandoned with the woman still inside. Leeper stated she is cooperating.

Daily Wire

McDowell, 35, had been sentenced on May 24 to a year and six months on probation on a forgery charge and was under drug-offender probation. The probation was imposed after a Nov. 5, 2018 arrest, Florida Department of Corrections records showed. He also has prior arrests on charges of giving a false name to law enforcement and aggravated possession of stolen firearms according to information in an alert from the Northeast Florida Fusion Center.

The Florida Times-Union 

A reward for McDowell’s capture now sits at $54,000. Officers from several other counties have been deputized by Nassau County to give them the authority to arrest in their jurisdiction.

McDowell fled the scene in a vehicle that was determined to be stolen following the shooting, according to the sheriff’s office. Monday, hundreds of law enforcement officers from more than a half dozen agencies were on the scene of a massive search for evidence in Callahan.

In addition to officers, there are also helicopters, ATVs and K-9s all assisting in the search, working together to find the elusive suspect.

That search followed a manhunt that spanned the entire weekend. McDowell is a former United States Marine who has participated in shooting competitions, the sheriff’s office says. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

First Coast News

McDowell is also accused of shooting a Jacksonville police K9 named Chaos. The dog is expected to survive, but had to undergo surgery.

An emotional support dog named Tank was brought into the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office to assist officers and volunteers after Moyer’s death.

Deputy Moyers is survived by his fiancée, parents, and a brother. Rest in Peace Deputy Moyers. End of Watch 9-26-2021.


Featured screenshot via WJXT

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