A police officer in Georgia died on Monday from gunshot injuries sustained last Thursday during a response to a domestic disturbance call. NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal contributed $5,000 on Saturday to a reward fund for information on the suspect’s location in the shooting.
Henry County Police Officer Paramhans Desai left behind his wife and two children. He was 38 years old and was a former corrections officer with 17 years of law enforcement experience. He joined the Henry County department last year.
Jordan Jackson, 22, is the suspect who allegedly killed Officer Desai. He is claimed to have shot Officer Desai several times before fleeing. He is reported to have been traveling in a white 2016 Honda Civic with Georgia plates, and the public is cautioned that he is believed to be armed and dangerous.
Georgia authorities have vowed to find Jackson no matter “whatever hole” he is hiding in. Henry County Sheriff Reginald Scandrett told reporters this week that the department “will not tolerate“ any person bringing harm to “any of our police officers in any way.” He went on to tell Jackson in his statement that “we will bring you to justice.”
Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp posted a tribute to Officer Desai and described the $30,000 reward for information leading to Jackson’s capture and arrest.
O’Neal’s $5,000 pledge was added to $10,000 put up by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, $10,000 from the U.S. Marshals Office, and $5,000 from Crime Stoppers Atlanta.
O’Neal, who owns a home near Atlanta, was sworn in as a Clayton County, Georgia, sheriff’s deputy in 2016 and was named an honorary U.S. Deputy Marshal and a reserve police officer with agencies in Arizona, Florida, and California.
Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta requests that anyone who knows anything about the incident or Jackon’s location call (404) 577-TIPS.