Man accused of shooting Lady Gaga's dog walker recaptured after he was released from jail by mistake

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The man accused of shooting Lady Gaga's dog walker last year was recaptured after he was mistakenly released from custody, authorities say.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The man accused of shooting Lady Gaga's dog walker in Hollywood last year was recaptured Wednesday after he was mistakenly released from custody in April, authorities announced.

James Howard Jackson, 19, was arrested without incident following a search warrant on Apricot Drive in Palmdale, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

The sheriff's department worked alongside the U.S. Marshals Service in recapturing Jackson after he was erroneously released from custody due to what authorities say was a clerical error.

The U.S. Marshals Service announced a reward of up to $5,000 last month for information leading to Jackson's arrest, saying that he should be considered "armed and dangerous."

Jackson was mistakenly released from custody on April 6. He was originally arrested for the Feb. 24, 2021 crime, where Jackson allegedly shot dog walker Ryan Fischer with a handgun while the victim was walking the three dogs in Hollywood.

During a violent struggle, Fischer was hit, choked and then shot in an attack captured by the doorbell camera of a nearby home.

Two of the dogs were allegedly stolen by Jackson and two other attackers, and police later arrested five people in connection with the attack, two of whom were charged as accessories after the fact, the U.S. Marshals Service reported.

Jackson -- along with Jaylin White and Lafayette Whaley -- were all charged with one count of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree robbery.

White, 20, pleaded no contest Wednesday to second-degree robbery and was immediately sentenced to four years in state prison in connection with the robbery plea and a sentence enhancement that another defendant was armed, according to Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee.

Three other charges -- attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury -- were dismissed as a result of his plea, Hanisee said.

City News Service and the Associated Press contributed to this report.