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A FLORIDA MP is in critical condition after being shot dead during a traffic check on September 24.

On September 26, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a Nassau County Blue Alert for Patrick McDowell, 35.

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On September 26, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a blue alert outside of Nassau County for Patrick McDowell.Credit: Nassau County Sheriff’s Office

Who is Patrick McDowell?

McDowell is a former serviceman / intern assigned to the United States Marine Corps from 2005 to 2009.

The 35-year-old then served in the Marine Corps between 2009 and 2013.

According to Navy records, he was a field radio operator and was deployed twice, in 2009, as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The former sergeant also received several awards during his time in the military, such as the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Maritime Service Deployment Ribbon, Korean Defense Service Medal, Service Medal of the World War on Terrorism and the National Defense Service Medal.

According to background documents obtained by First Coast News, McDowell lived at Camp Pendleton, Calif., A Marine Corps training base, from 2006 to 2009.

Why was a blue alert issued for Patrick McDowell?

The Florida Law Enforcement Department issued a Nassau County Blue Alert against McDowell for allegedly shooting Congressman Joshua Moyers on September 24.

Deputy Moyers and Sheriff Bill Leeper reportedly arrested McDowell for a stolen van.

Moyers was shot twice during the traffic stop – once in the face, once in the back.

“It’s very critical. We don’t know if he’ll be okay or not. Everyone, please keep them in your prayers, ”said Leeper.

A weapons instructor who said he trained McDowell said he was dangerous, knew how to use a firearm, and could survive in the wild on his own.

Weapons instructor Del Angelo told News4Jax he trained McDowell years ago as a security guard.

Who is Patrick McDowell and why was a Blue Alert issued?

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Patrick McDowell reportedly shot MP Joshua Moyers during a traffic stop on September 24Credit: Nassau County Sheriff’s Office

“I’m really shocked and surprised by the events that have taken place here,” said Angelo, saying he coached McDowell about a decade ago.

“He was one of my students. He worked for a security company. I did his training and then his annual recertification for about three years. That was about 10 or 12 years ago. “

Angelo added: “I know he had a military background, and he was a very good student, very professional. I didn’t know anything negative about him.

“We just trained him basically in security intervention and how to use a handgun for self defense or to protect an area and he was very good at his handgun use.”

With his military background, Angelo said he believed McDowell could survive alone in the woods.

“He is truly a survivalist and has been trained militarily in survival and in the use of weapons. He is therefore very good at survival and is not recognized, “he said.

“He can’t change his appearance but he can hide well and know how to stay out of sight of people.”

Police say McDowell is hiding in Callahan in a large wooded area.

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