Sadly, a Florida sheriff’s deputy who was shot in the face last week during a traffic stop is not expected to survive his injuries, according to Newsmax.
Jacksonville deputy Joshua Moyers, 29, was shot while conducting a traffic stop of suspect Patrick McDowell, 35, who, according to the New York Post, was driving a stolen vehicle and still hasn’t been found by law enforcement after he fled the scene.
As far as Moyers’ condition, the family has opted to keep him alive, via a machine, while donor matches are found for his organs. Doctors said “there was just nothing they could do for Josh,” given the damage he sustained from the shooting.
A massive search is currently underway for McDowell, who also reportedly shot a police K9 that was close to hunting him down.
The situation has become so intense that Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper warned local residents about McDowell, essentially telling them if he shows up, to grab their guns and shoot him dead.
“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,” Leeper said.
Sheriff Leeper added: “He will kill you with his mindset. What he did to that deputy was uncalled for, unnecessary and he needs to pay for it.”
With the hopes of spurring additional tips regarding McDowell’s possible whereabouts, a number of organizations, including the Fraternal Order of Police, Florida Sheriff’s Association, the Florida Deputy Association, and Crime Stoppers, have posted a $50,000 reward for information leading to his arrest, as The Florida-Times Union reported.
Currently, law enforcement officers from multiple agencies are using every resource at their disposal to hunt the suspected killer down, including police dogs, manpower, drones, helicopters, and search planes. McDowell is believed to be near the area where the murder took place.