In news that stunned the football world, Joe McKnight was killed by a man named Ronald Gasser in what the police have called a road-rage incident on Thursday. In a news release on late Friday, the Jefferson Parish Sherrif’s Office said Gasser had been involved in another road rage incident at the same intersection in 2006.
Via the Washington Post:
According to the release, the previous incident, which occurred on Feb. 20, 2006, began when a 51-year-old man saw a man later identified as Gasser driving “unsafely” down a New Orleans road in a red pickup truck. The man first dialed a number printed on the truck instructing people to call if they saw the vehicle being operated unsafely. Gasser, the pickup’s driver, answered the call, police said.The two got into what police described as “a verbal altercation” on the phone before the caller pulled into a service station to refuel. Police said Gasser followed the man into the service station, where he “began to strike him with a closed fist several times.”
After Gasser left the station, police said, the alleged victim dialed 911 to report the incident.
Investigators located Gasser and issued a misdemeanor summons for simple battery, but the charge was later dismissed for what remain unknown reasons.
This revelation surely won’t comfort those who are agitated by the fact that Gasser was let free during the ongoing investigation Gasser has admitted to killing McKnight with three gunshots through the passenger’s seat window of his car, but Louisiana’s “stand your ground” law might provide Gasser with a legal justification for the shooting. The police have said they chose not to keep Gasser in custody “out of an abundance of caution”.
McKnight was 28 years old.
He had been an NFL running back who played three seasons for the New York Jets from 2010-2012, and two games for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014. He was among the most highly touted high school prospects in the country, and then played college football at USC.
(h/t Washington Post)