Watch: White Man Who Shot and Killed Ex-NFL Player Joe McKnight Released Without Being Charged

Joe McKnight

Watch: White Man Who Shot and Killed Ex-NFL Player Joe McKnight Released Without Being Charged

Ronald Gasser fired multiple rounds at the 28-year-old.

Published December 2, 2016

As the NFL community continues to mourn the shooting death of former player Joe McKnight, some very disheartening news about the case was announced early Friday morning.

The 54-year-old white man, Ronald Gasser, who shot McKnight multiple times and killed the ex-NFL running back Thursday afternoon was released overnight without being charged, the New Orleans Jefferson Parish sheriff's department told TMZ Sports.

A rep from the department told TMZ that Gasser was questioned and released "sometime overnight," after they didn't find any reason to keep him in custody for any longer.

Furthermore, while the sheriff's department is sure that Gasser shot and killed McKnight, 28, they told TMZ that there are "questions about the circumstances surrounding what led up to it."

Despite Gasser being released without being charged, the investigation remains open and the district attorney could decide whether to file charges or not, paving the way for the case to possibly head to a grand jury.

Gasser allegedly shot McKnight multiple times following a road-rage argument in an intersection in New Orleans on Thursday.

Although EMT personnel tried to revive the former New York Jets' rusher with CPR, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Startling footage from that CPR attempt could be seen below.

A witness told that she saw McKnight trying to apologize, before Gasser shot him. The witness added that she saw Gasser standing above a wounded McKnight, allegedly telling him, "I told you don't f*** with me," before firing another round into the fallen former NFL player.

Gasser didn't flee the scene and was photographed hand-cuffed against a car.

This story is eerily similar to the aftermath of another New Orleans road-rage incident which left former NFL star Will Smith shot dead in April.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

(Photo: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)


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