CALLAHAN, Fla. – Hundreds of law enforcement officers were assisting in an evidence search Wednesday related to the investigation into the death of Nassau County Deputy Joshua Moyers, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop, authorities said.
According to the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office, officers were “searching specifically for any weapons that can be tied to the shooting incident and the suspect.”
The Bradford County Sheriff’s Office, which was taking part in the search, posted on Facebook, saying about 400 law enforcement officers from local, state and federal agencies that included the FBI and U.S. Border Patrol were scouring nearly 10 square miles of woods in the area where Moyers’ accused killer, Patrick McDowell, was taken into custody Tuesday at a sports complex west of Callahan following a dayslong manhunt that began after the shooting during the traffic stop Friday morning.
According to Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper, law enforcement officers on Tuesday surrounded the concession stand and bathroom area at the Kirsten Higginbotham Sports Complex off Ball Park Road, and McDowell eventually came out of the bathroom and surrendered. Leeper said the handcuffs that were put on McDowell belonged to Moyers, who died of his injuries Sunday.
According to the Callahan Soccer Club, there was damage to the concession stand while McDowell was there. It said food needs to be replaced and several items were damaged.
The Bradford County Sheriff’s Office said Lt. Shawn Burgin, Master Deputy Jacob Swaggerty and K-9 Waldo were taking part in the search Wednesday. Swaggerty and Waldo have been partners for 15 months and currently work in the Bradford County School District, and Waldo is trained in the detection of firearms, ammunition and explosives involving black powder, according to the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office.
The Bradford County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team also helped in the search for McDowell.
Aerials from Sky 4 also several other law enforcement officers and K-9s searching near a wooded area near baseball fields.
The evidence search comes a day after McDowell’s capture, as well as the arrest of a Jacksonville woman accused of helping him.
Breiana Tole is accused of driving to the sports complex in an attempt to help McDowell get out of the area and escape arrest, according to an arrest report.