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Deputy shot in north Florida traffic stop dies; manhunt ongoing

Published: Sep. 25, 2021 at 11:57 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2021 at 12:46 AM EDT
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A north Florida sheriff’s deputy who was recently shot twice during a traffic stop has died.

Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper tweeted that 29-year-old Deputy Joshua Moyers died at a Jacksonville hospital on Sunday.

Leeper said Saturday that doctors did their best to save Moyers, but “there was just nothing they could do.” He says the deputy’s family decided that Moyers’ organs should be donated.

Deputy Joshua Moyers, 29, was shot twice during a traffic stop. Doctors did their best to save...
Deputy Joshua Moyers, 29, was shot twice during a traffic stop. Doctors did their best to save him, but “there was just nothing they could do,” the sheriff says.(Source: Nassau County Sheriff's Office via CNN)

Moyers was shot early Friday morning just north of Jacksonville after pulling over 35-year-old Patrick McDowell.

Hundreds of officers were scouring the area Sunday trying to find McDowell, who authorities say shot Moyers in the face and back during the traffic stop. They later learned the vehicle was stolen.

The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office released photos of McDowell’s tattoos on Sunday, including one across his shoulders that reads “Death Before Dishonor.”

Investigators are searching for 35-year-old Patrick McDowell and have warned the public that...
Investigators are searching for 35-year-old Patrick McDowell and have warned the public that he’s likely armed and dangerous.(Source: Nassau County Sheriff's Office via Twitter)

Investigators have warned the public that McDowell is likely armed and dangerous.

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