A BLUE alert has been issued for Patrick McDowell, suspected of hiding in the woods after shooting Nassau MP Joshua Moyers during a traffic stop.
Moyers, 29, was shot in the face and back early Friday morning in Callahan, Fla., After arresting McDowell, 35, authorities said.
Police believe the vehicle McDowell was driving was stolen.
Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leep said medics tried to save Deputy Moyers, but were unsuccessful.
His family decided to donate his organs, so medical staff are keeping him alive until the hospital can find matches, according to CBS Miami.
Meanwhile, McDowell is still at large, with authorities suspecting he may be hiding in a wooded area.
The suspect is a former Marine and a weapons instructor who has worked with him in the past told News 4 Jax that McDowell is a “survivalist” who can probably hide well.
“He was a student of mine. He worked for a security company. I went through his training and then his annual recertification for about three years. That was about 10 or 12 years ago,” said the weapons instructor Del Angelo.
He later added: “He’s really a survivalist and he’s been trained militarily in survival and the use of weapons. So he’s very good at survival and not recognized.
“He can’t change his appearance but he can hide well and know how to stay out of sight of people.”
The blue alert issued for McDowell warns anyone who sees him not to approach the suspect but to contact law enforcement immediately.
“He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, white undershirt, camouflage shorts and black shoes,” the alert said.
McDowell has large earholes in his ears. McDowell has a tattoo on his left shoulder that says ‘Death Before Dishonor’ and a tattoo on his right arm that says ‘EGA’.
“McDowell is under a blue alert for suspected murder of a Florida law enforcement officer.
“If located, DO NOT APPROACH. Contact law enforcement immediately.”
the-sun : Blue alert for Patrick McDowell hiding in the woods after “shooting Nassau MP Joshua Moyers during a traffic stop”