Doctors shared tragic news about a Florida law enforcement officer’s medical condition after being shot during a traffic stop on Sept. 24.
“Unfortunately, Deputy [Josh] Moyers is not going to survive,” Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said according to Fox News. “Where the bullets lodged, what it did, there is just nothing they can do–unfortunately.”
Then the sad news came on Sunday, announced by Sheriff Bill Leeper, reported by FirstCoastNews.
“It is with great sadness that I announce Deputy Josh Moyers has passed away this afternoon, September 26, 2021 at 2:19 PM at UF health in Jacksonville. Please keep Josh’s family and fiancé in your thoughts and prayers as we navigate this terrible tragedy,” Leeper said.
Heartbroken loved ones will honor Moyers’s wish to donate his organs. Matching recipients are already being screened for transplant procedures.
Moyers won the ABCD Award for going above and beyond the call of duty in a drug investigation three years earlier.
The 29-year-old had planned to get married before the suspect, identified as Patrick McDowell, allegedly shot him in the face and back during a routine traffic stop near Jacksonville.
McDowell was unlicensed and gave the deputy a false name while traveling in a minivan with his female companion.
When Moyers discovered the name did not match the minivan owner, he asked McDowell to step out of the vehicle. McDowell opened fire and fled the scene.
The minivan was later recovered with the female passenger hiding nearby. She cooperated with the police but the suspect was still at large at the time of publication.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Moyers’s fiancee cover medical and funeral expenses.
Please pray for Deputy Josh Moyers, his family, fiancé, friends, and his NCSO brothers and sisters during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/r9QchXcoay— Nassau County SO (@NCSO_FL) September 24, 2021
Armed and dangerous
A widespread manhunt is underway to find the alleged murderer. Multiple agencies, helicopters, drones, armored personnel carriers, and all-terrain vehicles have been deployed.
“We now have a murderer on the loose in our community,” Leeper said according to the broadcaster.
Residents are urged to defend themselves and resort to firearms where necessary.
“If you are in a home and he breaks into your home, and you have a gun, blow him out the door [be]cause he is like a rabid animal,” Leeper said according to the New York Post. “He will kill you with his mindset [and] what he did to that deputy was uncalled for, unnecessary, and he needs to pay for it.”
Leeper stressed nobody should help the suspect because the act could constitute an offense.
“If we find out anybody has helped him or is going to help him, do not do that,” he said. “If we find out you have helped this guy, we are going to arrest you.”
McDowell was on probation for forgery and drug offenses after his last arrest on May 24. Florida Department of Corrections records shows his probation took effect after being arrested on Nov. 5, 2018.
The Northeast Florida Fusion Center also confirmed the suspect has been arrested on multiple counts of giving false names to authorities and aggravated possession of stolen guns.
McDowell is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who returned from deployment in Iraq back in 2009. His family members blame military service for adversely affecting his psychological behavior.