A New Orleans sheriff has denied that a 54-year-old man stood over ex-NFL star Joe McKnight and shot him dead after a roadside altercation, instead saying he fired three rounds from the driver’s seat of his car.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand dispelled a supposed eyewitness account which suggested Ronald Gasser, who has since been released without charge, had stood over McKnight yelling: ‘I told you don’t you f*** with me’, before firing again.
Sheriff Normand said instead that Gasser fired three rounds from the driver’s seat of his car with a .40-caliber weapon, through an open passenger window at McKnight, who was standing at the window.
Witnesses had heard a ‘heated verbal exchange’ between the two men from their cars before a ‘rapid succession’ of gunfire.
Three bullet casings were found in the car. An autopsy found McKnight had a wound to his hand, one to his right nipple and a third to his right shoulder which punctured a lung.
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