Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper is calling on armed citizens in his county to “blow [35-year-old Patrick McDowell] out the door” if he targets their home.
McDowell is wanted for allegedly shooting Nassau County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Moyers during a traffic stop Friday. The New York Post reports that Moyers is not expected to survive and is being kept alive “until a match can be found for his organs.”
The Florida Times-Union notes that “Moyers was shot in the face, below his right eye, then in the back after collapsing to the ground,” during the traffic stop in the area of Callahan, Florida.
Sheriff Leeper responded by warning the public about McDowell, saying, “We now have a murderer on the loose in our community.”
Leeper added, “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. He will kill you with his mindset. What he did to that deputy, was uncalled for, unnecessary and he needs to pay for it.”
A large manhunt for McDowell is underway. He is a former U.S. Marine and is believed to have shot a police dog as searchers got near him on Friday.
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story asserted that the police dog was shot and killed. The K-9 was shot and survived. The story has been updated accordingly. In addition, the headline as first published erroneously identified Saturday as the day of the alleged shooting. The headline has since been corrected.
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