The man accused of shooting Lady Gaga’s dog walker in an attempt to steal her dogs has been accidentally released from jail in Los Angeles.
Mother Monster has three French bulldogs: Koji, Asia, and Gustav. Last year, Gaga’s dog walker was shot by a man who tried kidnapping two of the dogs, Koji and Gustav. Gaga offered a $500,000 payment for their safe return and thanked her dog walker, Ryan Fischer, for trying to protect her pets as best he could. Fischer had sustained injuries from the incident that included a gunshot wound on his neck. He ended up being in the hospital for a long time in order to recover. Local ABC affiliate KABC reported:
“Video from the doorbell camera of a nearby home shows a white sedan pulling up and two men jumping out. They struggled with Fischer and one pulled a gun and fired a single shot before fleeing with two of the dogs, Koji and Gustav.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, 19-year-old James Howard Jackson – who was taken into custody as the main suspect behind shooting Fischer and kidnapping Gaga’s dogs – was released due to a “clerical error” within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). Police officials are now investigating this “inadvertent release” and searching for Jackson so he can get back in custody.
Fischer’s medical expenses cost a reported $100,000, which were entirely covered by Gaga. Thankfully, Fischer did recover from that scary incident. Her dogs were also eventually found and made their way back home. Still, accidentally releasing the main suspect behind this crime is a bizarre mistake from law enforcement authorities in LA.
The LASD Major Crimes Bureau is now asking residents to assist them in their search for Jackson. Any individual with information regarding Jackson’s disappearance can contact 213-229-1850 or send tips by calling 1-800-222-TIPS.