A California dad said he has received death threats after social media posts falsely identified him as a suspect in the weekend ambush shooting of two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, according to a new report.
Following the Saturday night shooting of the male and female officer inside their patrol car in Compton, social media posts circulated that identified Darnell Hicks as a possible suspect — calling him “armed and dangerous,” KTLA 5 reported.
The posts included Hicks’ driver’s license photo, address and license plate number.
Hicks, also a youth football coach, said he was out dirt-biking all day Saturday, but people “put my face out there real fast.” He initially thought he was being pranked when people he knew started sending him the “be on the lookout” post.
But then he realized it was no joke.
“You know, I have two daughters,” Hicks told the station. “I don’t even feel safe taking them out no more now.”