Following Shaquille O'Neal Donation, Police Double Reward to Capture Killer of Georgia Cop

A reward for information leading to the capture of a man accused of fatally shooting a Georgia police officer has doubled after donations from police and NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal.

During a press briefing on Tuesday, officials with the Henry County Police Department announced that the reward for tips pointing to the arrest of 22-year-old Jordan Jackson has increased to $60,000.

On Monday, the amount was at $30,000 after the Henry County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshall's Service both offered up $10,000 each, while Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta and O'Neal had donated $5,000 each.

"I'm hoping with another $30,000 on top of it, maybe that will help motivate some people to do what needs to be done," Henry County Police Chief Mark Amerman said at the press briefing.

In addition to being an analyst on Inside the NBA, O'Neal currently serves as a director of community relations for the Henry County Sheriff's Department.

According to the Henry County Police Department, Jackson is accused of shooting Officer Paramhans Desai. Authorities said that Desai was responding to a domestic dispute on November 4 when he was shot by Jackson.

Police previously said that Desai was in critical condition after the shooting. However, on Monday, they announced that the officer had succumbed to his injuries.

"It is with a saddened and heavy heart that the Henry County Law Enforcement Family along with Henry County Government announce the passing of Police Officer Paramhans Desai," police said via a Facebook post. "Officer Desai continues to serve, even in his passing, by donating multiple organs which will save numerous lives. Please continue to keep Officer Desai's family in your thoughts and prayers through this terrible tragedy. Funeral arrangements will be released at a later date."

Jackson, the suspect, was described by police as a 5-foot-8-inch-tall Black male, weighing around 165 pounds. He was last seen driving away from the scene near Keys Ferry Road and Floresta Drive McDonough in a white 2016 Honda Civic.

Jackson is considered "armed and dangerous," authorities said.

At Tuesday's press briefing, Henry County Sheriff Reginald Scandrett said: "I can assure you of this, Mr. Jordan, this is directly to you, we will not spare any expense, cost, or manpower to find you in whatever hole you're in to bring you to justice, period."

The Henry County Police Department also said in a Facebook post that donations to Desai's family can be made to the Ralph Easterwood Angel Wings for Warriors Benevolence Fund.

"The Ralph Easterwood Angel Wings for Warriors Benevolence Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organized for the sole purpose of helping the families of sworn, non-sworn and civilian employees, of all first responders," the post read.

Newsweek reached out to the Henry County Sheriff's Department for further comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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Henry County Police have increased the reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspected cop killer in Georgia to $60,000. Above, Henry County Sheriff, Reginald Scandrett speaks during Pepsi Stronger Together and CTG Foundation Atlanta Law Enforcement Press Conference on April 07, 2021 in McDonough, Georgia. Paras Griffin/Getty