LASD Homicide Detectives and Victim’s Family AnnounceD Reward for Information Leading to the Arrest and Conviction for those Responsible of the Murder of a Compton Resident
On Tuesday, March 21, 2023, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detectives held a press conference to announce a $20,000 reward in exchange for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of 65-year-old Richard Allen Jefferson Sr. The reward is sponsored by Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Second District.
On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at approximately 6:38 p.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to an assault with a deadly weapon, gunshot victim call on the 1400 block of Paulsen Avenue, in the City of Compton, CA. Upon arrival, deputies observed the victim lying on the ground, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Los Angeles County Fire Department arrived on scene and began medical treatment on the victim. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.
The victim was identified as 65-year-old Richard Allen Jefferson Sr., a resident of Compton, California. Based on information gathered, it appears that Mr. Jefferson was an innocent bystander. He was killed for no reason other than being friendly and having a conversation with a few other males that lived in the neighborhood. During the conversation, a car drove south on Paulsen Avenue and shot at the group, striking Mr. Jefferson. Investigators believe the vehicle was occupied by gang members from another neighborhood who mistakenly thought Mr. Jefferson and the other males were gang members. Neither Mr. Jefferson not any of the other male members had ever been involved in gangs.
“Here we are again, another family coming to the community asking for their help to resolve this senseless murder. Richard was a brother, he was a son, he was a father, a grandfather who was very much loved and it is our hope that with the money that’s being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person we can solve this,” said Mr. Jefferson’s brother, Kenneth Jefferson.
LASD Homicide detectives believe there are witnesses in the area who may have seen the suspects or know the suspects. If anyone has information about Mr. Jefferson’s murder, please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or if you prefer to provide information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).