The suspect in ex-NFL player Joe McKnight's shooting death has been charged with manslaughter following the road rage incident in New Orleans on Thursday.
Ronald Gasser, 54, was arrested late Monday after being released last week while an investigation into the incident continued through the weekend.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand described the incident during a news conference Tuesday morning, saying both drivers wove in and out of traffic until stopping at a red light where they began arguing, CBS News reported.
Normand said McKnight then got out of his car and continued arguing with Gasser, and that’s when Gasser pulled a gun on McKnight.
A witness told The Times-Picayune that McKnight was “trying to apologize” when Gasser shot him three times. Gasser then “stood over” McKnight and said, “I told you don’t f— with me,” she added.
Gasser’s initial release just hours after the shooting drew attention to Louisiana’s “stand your ground” law. After protests transpired over the weekend, state politicians said they would revisit the law.
At Tuesday’s news conference, Normand said authorities had conducted “over 160 interviews” between the time of the shooting and the arrest, saying there were “260 folks we had an interest in talking to,” The Washington Post reported.
This is not the first time Gasser was involved in a road rage incident. On Friday, the sheriff’s office released information from a 2006 incident that involved Gasser at the same intersection where his altercation with McKnight began, the Post noted.
The New York Jets, for which McKnight played for three seasons, held a moment of silence for the former running back before taking on the Indianapolis Colts Monday night.
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