The man who police said fatally shot former Chiefs running back Joe McKnight was charged with manslaughter on Monday in Louisiana after the alleged “road rage” incident.
Last Thursday, McKnight was shot three times during an incident in Terrytown, La., and police said Gasser admitted to the shooting. Gasser was inside his car at the time and McKnight was reportedly at the window of Gasser’s car. McKnight did not have a gun, authorities said.
After questioning by the authorities, Gasser was released.
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The New York Times reported that during a news conference last Friday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand told reporters that in Louisiana there were some “relative statutes that provide defenses to certain crimes” and that the authorities would need to determine whether the shooting was justified.
At a news conference Tuesday, Normand offered more details on the incident.
This is from The Associated Press:
The sheriff said the dispute between the men started on a bridge and proceeded into a New Orleans suburb, with both men driving erratically and yelling at each other. Eventually, the cars came to a stop and McKnight confronted Gasser, who was still seated in his car, the sheriff said. Gasser pulled out a gun and shot McKnight three times, killing him. When deputies arrived, the sheriff said Gasser handed them his gun and said he shot McKnight, 28.
The sheriff said McKnight did have a gun in his vehicle but no evidence suggested he insinuated anything about it. It was his stepfather’s gun, and his stepfather’s vehicle.
McKnight, who was 28, spent the 2014 season with the Chiefs after playing for three seasons with the New York Jets. He also played in the Canadian Football League.