Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Shaquille O’Neal Offers $5K Reward for Gunman Who Shot Cop in Georgia

*Shaquille O’Neal has contributed $5,000 to the $30,000 reward to find the gunman who shot a Georgia police officer.

Henry County Police Officer Paramhans Desai, 38, was shot Thursday evening while responding to a domestic disturbance call in McDonough, Georgia. A massive manhunt is now underway for 22-year-old Jordan Jackson, who allegedly shot the officer while Desai was making an arrest.

Desai survived the shooting but remains in critical condition, according to CBS News.

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“Let me be crystal clear: We certainly will not tolerate any individual, regardless of who you are, coming to what we consider to be God’s country of Henry County and harming any of our police officers in any kind of way,” Henry County Sheriff Reginald Scandrett said in a news conference. “Mr. Jackson, whatever hole you’re in, I assure you we’re coming to find you. We will place you in custody, and we will bring you to justice immediately.”

According to reports, an arrest warrant has been issued for Jackson for aggravated assault charges.

The reward is being partially funded by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshals Office, Crime Stoppers Atlanta and Shaq who has lived in Henry County for five years. 

The NBA icon was hired by the sheriff’s department as the director of community engagement in February.

Desai remains hospitalized in Grady Medical Center in critical but stable condition, ABC News reports. He “continues fighting for his life,” Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said on Twitter.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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