msn.com 18 Sep, 2020 04:45 am

California man fears for life after fake claims he was sheriff ambush shooter

A California youth football coach says he was devastated to be falsely accused of being the gunman behind the ambush of two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies. Darnell Hicks was stunned to see his name linked to the attack hours after the two officers were shot as they sat in their patrol car in Compton, California. Mr Hicks said he was at home last Saturday evening when he began to get text messages, which included a fake police alert that...

The bogus social media posts even claimed Mr Hicks, 33, was armed and dangerous and had “vowed to shoot” more police officers.The department later had to clarify on social media that the fake posts were "ERRONEOUS information." Currently, there is a social media post that is being circulated which identifies a male out of the Los Angeles area as the suspect responsible for the ambush of our 2 deputies yesterday.— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) September 14, 2020 Mr Hicks says he now fears for the safety of his two daughters, and 93-year-old mother, with whom he lives in Compton “I know for a fact that most people are going to start looking at me differently because they follow trends on social media,”  he said.

Read more LA County sheriff tells deputies to 'look out for each other' as search for suspect in Compton shooting continues LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva calls on LeBron James to match reward for arrest of gunman in Compton deputy ambush shooting Family of shot Compton officer share graphic image of moment she was ambushed LA Sheriff’s department hits out at social media posts falsely identifying Compton gunman as they offer 100k rewardMr Hicks said he was at home last Saturday evening when he began to get text messages, which included a fake police alert that carried his name, address, driving licence photo and licence plate number.

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