NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is helping Georgia cops hunt a suspect who shot an officer — by chipping in $5,000 towards the reward for his capture.
Henry County Police Officer Paramhans Desai, a 38-year-old married father of two, was attacked Thursday while responding to a domestic dispute in McDonough, where he was shot by Jordan Jackson, 22, and remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition, police said in a statement.
A massive manhunt was ongoing early Monday for Jackson and cops vowed to find him in “whatever hole” he’s hiding in, WXIA reported.
“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 told reporters at a press conference.
“So 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,” Scandrett said.
Jackson, of McDonough, is believed to be “armed and dangerous” while traveling in a white 2016 Honda Civic with Georgia plates after fleeing the shooting scene. He’s being sought on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer for shooting Desai multiple times, Scandrett said.
Desai was wounded while trying to detain Jackson for an alleged domestic dispute. A $30,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest — with O’Neal, who joined the sheriff’s office as director of community relations earlier this year, contributing $5,000, WAGA reported.
Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta, the US Marshals Service and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office contributed the other $25,000, according to the station.
Desai joined the department about six to eight months ago, according to WAGA. He’s a former Georgia correction officer and 17-year law enforcement veteran, Gov. Brian Kemp tweeted Saturday.
“He remains in critical condition & continues to fight for his life,” Kemp tweeted. “Please keep them in your thoughts & prayers.”
Anyone with information about Jackson’s whereabouts should call Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at (404) 577-TIPS.