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HARVEY, La. (AP) — The man who fatally shot ex-NFL player Joe McKnight during a road rage dispute has been arrested and jailed on a manslaughter charge, records show.

Ronald Gasser, 54, was arrested late Monday. He was initially taken into custody after the shooting last Thursday but he was released without being charged pending further investigation.

It’s not clear whether Gasser has an attorney. Attempts to reach his mother, grandmother and stepsister were unsuccessful.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand announced a news conference for 10 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the case. Normand has said the dispute between the men started on a bridge and proceeded into a New Orleans suburb.

Gasser shot McKnight three times from inside his car while McKnight stood outside, Normand said. No weapon was found on or near McKnight’s body, authorities said.

When deputies arrived, the sheriff said Gasser handed them his gun and said he shot McKnight, 28.

McKnight is black and Gasser is white, authorities said. Normand said race hasn’t played a role in the case.

McKnight played three seasons for the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Jets held a moment of silence Monday night before their game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium to honor the former running back.

McKnight was rated the nation’s No. 1 running back recruit when he signed with the University of Southern California. He was a fourth-round draft pick of the Jets in 2010 and played three seasons for New York. McKnight had a 107-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in 2011, and it remains the longest play in Jets history.

He also spent a season with Kansas City, and most recently played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

McKnight’s death was eerily similar to that of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith, who was killed last April in a shooting sparked by a traffic altercation.

The man accused of shooting Smith is on trial in New Orleans.

A decade ago, Gasser was involved in a similar altercation — at the same intersection — with a driver. The sheriff said that in February 2006, a man observed a truck driving erratically and called a number on the truck, speaking to a man later identified as Gasser.

Gasser and the man got into a fight on the phone and then Gasser followed the man to a service station, confronted him and hit him several times. Gasser drove away and the victim called 911.

Investigators found Gasser and issued a misdemeanor summons for simple battery, which was later dismissed. Authorities have said they are trying to determine why it was dismissed.

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10 thoughts on “Man Who Shot Ex-NFL Player Charged With Manslaughter

  1. Darrell Hartley on said:



  2. peaches on said:

    they know race played a big role. why did he even have to shot or get out of his car. that why they want an open carry law. even if you look at a white person wrong or saying they don’t like they just want to shot. then claim self defense. since trump been elected these whites think minorities are fair game.

    • Gasser fired the 3 shots at McKnight from the confines of his vehicle. Ballistics recovered and eyewitnesses confirm that fact. McKinght was the one out of his vehicle. If he approached Gasser in an aggressive manner, armed or not, and Gasser claims he feared for his life, it is a classic case of self defense. Unlikely any jury would find him guilty beyond anything other than aggressive driving and improper lane change. I know it’s not what you want to hear Peeps, but it’s the Scholars duty to serve it up straight.

  3. You got that right Linda, he sure does look like a CURRENT klan member and he should always wear his hood. This was cold blooded murder. Previously someone mention he may have had ties to the PD in this Parrish, and I wouldn’t be surprise if that were the case. They probably schooled him on what to do if he ever shot someone that’s why he stayed there and handed the cops his weapon.
    Angry over road rage is not a defense to murder unless someone pulls their weapon (or commence to whipping your ass) on you and you have to defend yourself. That stand your ground law is bullshit and doesn’t give you the out and out right to kill someone in cold blood mis me wit it. Gasser could have just as easily driven off and left McKnight standing their looking like a fool. I ain’t taking that chance killing someone and going to jail for no stupid ass reason, such as this, it’s not worth it.

  4. Staywoke on said:

    Thankful that justice is being upheld…as Walter Scott’s mother said…It’s not over until God says its over…all the people praising that this murderer was set free before….saddened me as our country is so decisive..and to not see wrong in the death of this young man really is an eye opener….praying he will be tried to the fullest extent of the law…. it’s in God’s will…and trust in God first….man not so much…but this was the only real just solution…STAYWOKE

    • specialt757 on said:

      Maybe it was the only real solution, murder one may have been hard to prove, but from the outside looking in, it was cold blooded murder. Same as Walter Scott’s case. I’m not sure what that juror saw that no one else saw, but, his family was right, it’s not over until God says so.

      • Staywoke on said:

        The state of our current world terrifies me…in both cases you are right stone cold murder…and the Scott case is an embarrassment to our justice system…it was one juror I read that held out…and I’m sure his reasoning could not of been pure…when you look at the case…that man was murdered…not a black man…but a man was murdered…and I’m sure he seen his race rather than him being a person..

  5. Seems like this POS Gasser had a pattern of “road rage” incidents.

    I don’t drive, however, I also don’t understand this “rage” folks have while driving.
    So what, if another driver cut you off, or refused to let you in their lane–get over it.
    Is it really necessary to follow someone on the road-then shoot and kill them!!!!!!!!!

    Shooting someone three times is not MANSLAUGHTER IT IS COLD BLOODED MURDER!!!!!

    Yes it was RACIAL–Gasser looks like a real Klan man-minus the hood!!!!!.

  6. what kind of attention would have been given to this shooting if McKnight had not been a successful football player? And let me add this; why do family members allow news reporters to ask them (1) to tell the public to stay calm and (2) why do they ask them how they feel about the family of the shooter? Really??? That is not there responsibility during their time of grief. Let the reporters go ask the shooters family how they feel about the victim’s family. JUST STOP MAKING BLACK PEOPLE HEAVENLY BEINGS

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