A four-day manhunt has come to an end now that former Marine and suspected cop killer Patrick McDowell has been captured by police in northeast Florida. Deputy Josh Moyers stopped McDowell Friday morning and asked him to exit a stolen van he was driving. McDowell shot the deputy in the face. Moyers died on Sunday afternoon.
Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper had advised residents to shoot McDowell if he tried to enter their home.
From msn.com . . .
Mr Leeper said: “If you’re in a home, and he breaks in your home and you have a gun, blow him out the door. Because he’s like a rabid animal. He will kill you.”
Please pray for Deputy Josh Moyers, his family, fiancé, friends, and his NCSO brothers and sisters during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/r9QchXcoay
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McDowell was spotted earlier today in a park in Callahan, northwest of Jacksonville, and was surrounded by law enforcement officers.
From the Miami Herald . . .
Leeper said after personnel from various agencies surrounded the complex’s concession stand and restroom, McDowell called out from the restroom.
“He wanted to give himself up, so we gave him that opportunity,” Leeper said. “He crawled like a baby, like the coward he is.”
BREAKING UPDATE: Patrick McDowell, the man wanted in the killing of Nassau County Deputy Joshua Moyers, has been caught. This photo was taken by law enforcement shortly after the capture. | DETAILS >> https://t.co/v3IKUuWG0u pic.twitter.com/5XrDh4IFwv
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A reporter reminded Leeper Tuesday that he’d advised gun-owning homeowners who encountered McDowell coming into their home to “blow him out the door” and asked if he wished they’d found McDowell dead.
“I’ll just say I wish he would’ve given us the opportunity to shoot him,” Leeper said, “but, he didn’t. He crawled out like a coward. But, he’s in custody. And, he’s going to pay for what he did to Deputy Moyers.”