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Police re-arrest suspect in shooting of Lady Gaga’s dog walker after accidental release

Los Angeles cops re-arrested a man involved in the shooting of Lady Gaga’s dog walker, they said on Wednesday, nearly four months after the gunman was erroneously set free from jail.

James Howard Jackson, 19, was on the lam for attempted murder when he was apprehended for the second time in Palmdale, Calif. after a massive multi-agency manhunt, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The “armed and dangerous” fugitive was on the run for attempted murder after he was released from jail by mistake on April 6.

His victim, Ryan Fischer, was shot in the chest and suffered a collapsed lung during the 2021 pups-for-cash kidnapping scheme on Lady Gaga’s dog.

Jackson is one of three suspects who allegedly shot Fischer as he walked the artist’s three French bulldogs on Feb. 24, 2021 in the caught-on-video ambush.

The trio took off with two of the dogs, Koji and Gustav. An accomplice returned two days later in hopes of getting the $500,000 reward that the pop star promised for their safe return.

Ryan Fischer, Lady Gaga’s dog walker, was shot while walking dogs last February.

Jackson was arrested alongside Jaylin White, 19, and Lafayette White, 27, in April 2021. They were each slapped with charges of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery in the crime.

Two others, Harold White and Jennifer McBride, were charged as accessories after the fact: McBride acted as the person who found the dogs.

Investigators said the suspects were unaware the Frenchies — which can fetch thousands on the black market — belonged to the “Born This Way” singer and had targeted the dogs purely for their resale value.

Members of the media and neighbors walk near an area on North Sierra Bonita Ave. where Lady Gaga's dog walker was shot and two of her French bulldogs stolen in Los Angeles on Feb. 25, 2021.
The shooting occurred on North Sierra Bonita Ave. in Los Angeles.
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Lady Gaga attends the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 03, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The shooters allegedly did not know who the dogs belonged to at the time of the crime.
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However, police believe the suspected dognappers freaked out over all the publicity surrounding Gaga’s lost pooches — and gave up the dogs while trying to cash in on the hefty reward.

Jackson was freed from the Los Angeles jail when a clerical error showed the initial charges against him had been dropped in the jail’s system. The charges should have been replaced by a superseding grand jury indictment that was never entered into the system, reports said.

The US Marshals Service was offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to Jackson’s arrest after the agency was asked to get involved by the LA County Sheriff’s Department.

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