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L.A. sheriff challenges LeBron James to match reward to help find the gunman who ambushed two deputies

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva is challenging NBA superstar LeBron James to step up and help find the gunman who ambushed and shot two deputies.

(CNN)Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva is challenging NBA superstar LeBron James to step up and help find the gunman who ambushed and shot two deputies.

Villanueva went on the radio show 790KABC on Monday night and challenged James to double the reward money being offered to find the gunman.

Both deputies survived the attack and remain in the hospital in critical but stable condition, Villanueva said on Monday.

The county has pledged $100,000 in reward money to information that leads to the gunman's arrest and conviction, and two private donors offered an additional $75,000 to help find the shooter, Villanueva said.

If James matches the reward money being offered, that would bring the total to $350,000.

"This challenge is to LeBron James," Villanueva said on the radio.

And I'd like to see LeBron James step up to the plate and double that. "

It is unclear which James's statement Villanueva referenced to on the radio.

James and the Los Angeles Lakers did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNN.

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