Blue Alert issued for man accused of killing deputy in North Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. — Floridians are somewhat accustomed to their cell phones sounding an unsettling alarm to let them know about an Amber Alert regarding a missing child. But on Sunday, the sound came with a different warning: a Blue Alert.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, a Blue Alert is a request for assistance from the public following the disappearance, assault, or death of a law enforcement officer.

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The alert Sunday is connected to the search for Patrick McDowell, who is accused of killing Nassau County Deputy Joshua Moyers.

Moyers was shot twice during a traffic stop Friday and passed away from his injuries Sunday, according to the Nassau County Sheriff.

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A reward of $50,500 is being offered to anyone who helps law enforcement find McDowell.

Anyone who sees McDowell is asked to call 911 and not approach him because he is considered armed and dangerous.

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