Man Who Fatally Shot Ex-NFL Player Arrested and Jailed

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In this image taken Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, and provided by Marie Turner, Ronald Gasser sits next to his car shortly after he shot ex-NFL football player Joe McKnight at Behrman Highway and Holmes Blvd., in the New Orleans suburb of Terrytown, La. People at right are administering aid to McKnight. Gasser was arrested late Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, jailed on a charge of manslaughter. Gasser was initially taken into custody after the shooting last Thursday, but he was released without being charged pending further investigation into the road rage shooting. (Marie Turner via AP)
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his booking photo released by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office shows Ronald Gasser, 54, the man who fatally shot ex-NFL player Joe McKnight in a New Orleans suburb during a road rage dispute.
his booking photo released by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office shows Ronald Gasser, 54, the man who fatally shot ex-NFL player Joe McKnight in a New Orleans suburb during a road rage dispute.

The man who police say fatally shot ex-NFL player Joe McKnight near New Orleans last week has been arrested and jailed on a charge of manslaughter. Ronald Gasser had initially been released last week without charges pending further investigation of McKnight’s death.

New York Jets running back Joe McKnight (25) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
New York Jets running back Joe McKnight (25) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

Authorities say the shooting was the result of an apparent road rage incident. They say when deputies arrived, Gasser handed them his gun and confessed to killing McKnight.

A sheriff is defending last week’s release of Gasser, saying it was for strategic investigative reasons and because authorities needed to talk to witnesses.

Source: AP

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