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Authorities search for former marine who critically injured a sheriff’s deputy

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Authorities in Jacksonville, Florida are currently searching for a suspect who shot and critically injured a Nassau County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

The incident occurred Friday afternoon during an attempted traffic stop.

According to the report, Deputy Joshua Moyers attempted a traffic stop on a United States Marine veteran identified as 35-year-old Patrick McDowell.  During the stop, McDowell fired his weapon striking Moyers in the face and the back before driving away.

Moyers was rushed to UF Health Jacksonville with life-threatening injuries.

McDowell was also said to have shot a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office K9 with a rifle after they joined the search.

Authorities are still searching for McDowell who they say suffers from PTSD, depression, seizers and who is a skilled marksman.

McDowell is described as “armed and dangerous. ”

Officials say they are continuing to patrol two-lane northbound lanes of U.S. 301 south of Callahan in the search for McDowell.