JSO K-9 recovering after being shot during Nassau County manhunt

Search continues for Patrick McDowell

McDowell also shot a JSO K9 with a rifle during the manhunt. The K9 is expected to be OK. Investigators found the rifle near where the K9 was shot. (Photos: FOP5-30)

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – A K-9 with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is recovering after authorities said the dog was shot by Patrick McDowell, a 35-year-old former Marine accused of shooting Nassau County Deputy Josh Moyers during a Friday morning traffic stop.

Moyers, 29, died Sunday at UF Health Jacksonville.

Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said McDowell shot the K-9 with a rifle while during the search Friday for the suspect.

The K9 is expected to be OK.

On Monday morning, the Fraternal Order of Police Jacksonville Lodge 5-30′s official Twitter account tweeted photos of the K-9, saying:

“Ok, technically Chaos isn’t a member since we don’t take dues in dog biscuits… BUT he, and the rest of our K9s are definitely family.

“We are hoping for a speedy and full recovery from this fun-loving team member!”

The post comes as an intense manhunt continued Monday for McDowell, with hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement officers scouring a 5-square-mile area southwest of Callahan.

A statewide Blue Alert has also been issued for McDowell.

About the Author:

Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a communication degree.