Suspect of shooting Lady Gaga’s dog walker released from jail due to ‘clerical error’

Lada Gaga and James Jackson (Credit: ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

One of five people stopped in connection with the violent dognapping of Lady Gaga’s French Bulldogs and the shooting of the pop superstar’s dog walker is back on the streets.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff‘s Department, 19-year-old James Jackson was released from county custody on Wednesday, April 6, due to a clerical error. LASD called Jackson’s sudden release “inadvertent.”

On February 24, 2021, Lady Gaga’s dog walker, later identified as Ryan Fischer, was shot dead while walking Lady Gaga’s three dogs in the Hollywood area. The suspects left the scene with two of the pop star’s dogs – Koji and Gustav. A third dog fled the scene, but police were able to find him safely the same evening.

The shooting left Fischer hospitalized for weeks. Lady Gaga was in Rome at the time of the violent dognapping incident.


Instagram screenshot of Lada Gaga/Ryan Fischer’s dogs

As for the other four suspects, two remain in Los Angeles County custody and the other two have been released on bail. Below is a breakdown of the five suspects’ most recent criminal records, according to the county database:

  • James Jackson, 19, released due to clerical error on April 6, 2022
  • Jaylin White, 20, still in detention
  • Lafayette Whaley, 28, still in custody
  • Harold White, 41, released on bail September 24, 2021
  • Jennifer McBride, 50, released on bail May 3, 2021

After the two French bulldogs were kidnapped in 2021, Lady Gaga offered a $500,000 reward for the dogs’ safe return. The woman who dropped off the dogs at the LAPD, later identified as McBride, was identified as one of the suspects in the dognapping case, instead of the hero of the case. LAPD said in 2021 that McBride had a relationship with Harold White, who was the father of 20-year-old Jaylin White.

LAPD revealed that Jackson, Jaylin and Harold White and Whaley were all documented gang members.

Jackson was in custody for attempted murder in connection with Fischer’s assassination.

FOX 11 called the office of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón. Gascón’s office could not be reached for comment late Thursday evening.

Jackson’s next court date is scheduled for June 21, 2022.


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