The man who shot former NFL player Joe McKnight to death in an “apparent road rage” incident in Louisiana has been released from custody with no charges filed. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand confirmed today to reporters that deputies let 54-year-old Ronald Gasser go last night after taking a statement from him; he added that the investigation is ongoing.
At a press conference today, Normand refuted Thursday’s NOLA.com report, in which a witness said that McKnight was apologizing as Gasser shot him, after which Gasser stood over his body as he said, “I told you don’t fuck with me,” before shooting again. Normand said that all three bullet casings were found in Gasser’s car because Gasser, from Harvey, La., fired the gun from his driver’s seat. McKnight was shot in the hand, shoulder, and chest. The sheriff believed that officials talked to the same witness as NOLA.com, and found the allegations in that story to be “factually incorrect.”