Ronald Gasser, a white man who recently shot and killed prominent black athlete Joe McKnight in New Orleans, has been released without charges.
McKnight, who was 28, was killed during a road rage incident on Thursday afternoon in New Orleans’ Terrytown neighborhood. While stopped at a busy intersection, 54-year-old Ronald Gasser exited his vehicle, walked toward McKnight’s Audi, and pulled him out of the driver’s seat. Witnesses described the two arguing before Gasser pushed McKnight to the ground. Gasser shot McKnight, who was unarmed, while he was on the ground apologizing to Gasser.
Before Gasser fired the fatal shots, witnesses say they heard him tell McKnight, “I told you don’t fuck with me.”
Gasser never fled the scene, and surrendered his weapon to law enforcement before being taken into custody. According to the New Orleans advocate, Gasser is currently walking free, and no charges have currently been filed against him.
“Gasser was released overnight and has not been charged as of yet,” Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, told the Advocate. “The matter remains under investigation.”
McKnight was a celebrated high school athlete in New Orleans who was then recruited by the University of Southern California. He went on to play for the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs, while also doing a stint in the Canadian Football League. Investigators found no weapons on McKnight’s person or in his car at the time of his death.
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