Los Angeles, CA – Authorities are searching for the man who shot Lady Gaga’s dog walker last year after the dognapper was mistakenly released from jail on Wednesday afternoon because of a giant paperwork snafu.
Booking records showed that 19-year-old James Howard Jackson was released from Los Angeles County jail on April 6 after the charges against him were dismissed, KABC reported.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has identified Jackson as one of three men charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, and second-degree robbery for the shooting of Lady Gaga’s dog walker in February of 2021.
Jackson, who was allegedly the one who shot dog walker Ryan Fischer, is also charged with assault with a semiautomatic firearm and being a felon carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle, NBC News reported.
The district attorney’s office said on Thursday that the charges against Jackson were properly dismissed, but they were supposed to have been replaced with a superseding grand jury indictment that was unsealed on April 6, Global News reported.
Prosecutors said Jackson was never supposed to have been released from custody.
Sources told NBC News that the court records for the superseding indictment weren’t updated and that error led to the release of Jackson.
Fischer was shot in the chest four times just before 10 p.m. on Feb. 25, 2021 by a suspect who snatched two of the entertainer’s French bulldogs and fled, the Daily Mail reported.
Police said Lady Gaga’s dog walker was ambushed by the gunman and shot outside his home on Sierra Bonita Avenue.
The kidnapper took two of the three dogs – Koji and Gustavo – but video from the scene showed the dog walker on the ground holding on to Miss Asia.
Lady Gaga was in Italy when the attack occurred, the New York Post reported.
Surveillance video of the attack showed that when the suspects approached Lady Gaga’s dogs, Fischer was nowhere near them, TMZ reported.
Sources said that dogs could have easily been grabbed and put in a car without any violence.
Instead of just fleeing the scene, the suspects chose to shoot Fischer, TMZ reported.
The woman who ultimately returned Lady Gaga’s kidnapped pooches was also arrested for her involvement in the crime, KABC reported.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said that McBride “reported that she found the dogs and responded to the reward email to return the dogs”, and “ultimately brought the dogs to LAPD Olympic Station,” according to Independent.
She and another co-conspirator, Harold White, have been charged with accessory attempted murder in connection with the dognapping plot.
LAPD detectives have said they do not believe the crime was motivated by the fact that the pooches were owned by a celebrity but rather because they “knew the great value of the breed of dogs,” Independent reported.