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Manhunt underway after deputy fatally shot during traffic stop in Jacksonville

UPDATE: The reward is now $54,000 for the capture of Patrick McDowell.
Posted at 7:55 AM, Sep 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-27 11:16:10-04

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — UPDATE: The reward is now $54,000 for the capture of Patrick McDowell.

"We are so thankful for all the help from agencies all over Florida and now Georgia. This morning our Sheriff swore in Camden County Sheriff's Office, GA State Patrol, GA Department of Natural Resources and Charlton County. They now have authority in our county to make an arrest," the Nassau SSheriff's Office said in a statement.

Call NCSO if you see anything out of the ordinary. 904-225-5174.

A manhunt is underway after a deputy with the Nassau County Sheriff's Office was shot Friday morning.

Officials say the deputy was shot during a traffic stop and is in life-threatening condition.

Deputies are searching for Patrick McDowell, 35, who has been named a suspect in this case. Deputies say McDowell is in his mid-30s.

McDowell is at large and, considering his alleged role in this investigation, should be considered dangerous, deputies say.

According to officials, a passenger in the car with the suspect is cooperating with authorities.

This is a developing story. Stay with WPTV for updates.