Accused killer of Nassau County deputy being housed in Duval County jail

Patrick McDowell charged with murder and aggravated battery on police dog

Patrick McDowell to face judge

YULEE, Fla. – The man accused of killing Nassau County Deputy Joshua Moyers, who was shot during a traffic stop a week ago, was booked into the Nassau County jail just after 6:30 p.m. Thursday and transferred almost immediately to the Duval County jail, records show.

Patrick McDowell is being held in Duval County on a courtesy hold. He was scheduled to appear Friday before a Nassau County judge on charges of murder and aggravated battery of a police dog, but his appearance was waived.

Jail records show McDowell was booked into the Duval County facility at 8:04 p.m. Thursday.

Before he was booked into jail, McDowell spent two nights at UF Health Jacksonville being treated for gunshot wounds and dog bites after his arrest Tuesday.

A Nassau County judge said Friday that McDowell was already ordered to be held without bond when he was absentee booked while he was in the hospital and a public defender was appointed for him. The judge agreed to waive McDowell’s first appearance, saying his next court date will be Oct. 21 for arraignment on the charges.

McDowell was taken into custody at a sports complex west of Callahan following a dayslong manhunt that began after the shooting Friday. He suffered the dog bites during an encounter with a K-9 as he was being arrested.

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According to Sheriff Bill Leeper, McDowell’s gunshot wounds were suffered earlier in the manhunt. At one point he was found by a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office K-9 and shot the dog -- which survived. Leeper said when McDowell fired on the K-9 with a rifle, deputies returned fire and later learned they had wounded McDowell.

Leeper said a SWAT team and K-9s tracked McDowell on Tuesday, surrounding 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.

Law enforcement officers continued their search for any additional evidence in the investigation into Moyers’ killing, and Leeper said Thursday that a gun was found during the search but that it wasn’t immediately clear if it was related to Moyers’ death.