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Reward Offered For Man Charged With Shooting Lady Gaga's Dog Walker

James Howard Jackson was mistakenly released from custody after allegedly shooting Lady Gaga's dog walker Ryan Fischer during a dognappping.

By Gina Tron
A handout from the U.S. Marshals service of James Howard Jackson

The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a reward to recapture the man who allegedly shot Lady Gaga’s dog walker, after he was mistakenly released from custody earlier this year. 

James Howard Jackson, 19 “was erroneously released from custody" back in early April "due to a clerical error,” the Marshals stated in a Monday press release. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Major Crime Team requested the U.S. Marshals Service’s assistance in finding Jackson, and a reward of up to $5,000 is available for information leading to his arrest. 

Jackson, Jaylin White and Lafayette Whaley were all arrested and charged with attempted murder and robbery for the February 2021 attempted kidnapping of Lady Gaga’s three French bulldogs in Los Angeles. Dog walker Ryan Fischer was shot in the chest during the violent dognapping attempt.

Fischer sustained critical injuries as a result of the shooting that eventually led to a lung collapse, NPR reported. After his release from the hospital, he stated in a series of Instagram posts that he was traumatized by the incident.

Two of the three dogs were stolen during the dognapping, but they were recovered after the girlfriend of White’s father, Jennifer McBride, returned them claiming she had found them tied to a pole. McBride and White’s father, Harold White, have since been arrested for being accessories to the crime. 

Fischer shared a statement shortly after Jackson's mistaken release in April which stated, I'm deeply concerned at the events that led to his release, I'm confident law enforcement will rectify the error.”

“I ask for Mr. Jackson to turn himself over to the authorities, so the resolution to the crime committed against me runs its course, whatever the courts determine that outcome to be," he added. "Thank you to everyone who is supporting me during this time.

Jackson is described as a Black man, with black hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds. He is considered armed and dangerous. In their press release, Marshals pointed out that Jackson has an identifiable tattoo on his neck: a dice with flames around it.

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