Man Who Shot Joe McKnight Released From Custody Without Being Charged
At 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Ronald Gasser, 54, was arrested after shooting former NFL player Joe McKnight in Louisiana after a road rage incident.
The loss was felt by both former teammates, competitors and fans alike. The same can be said for the outrage that followed Gasser’s overnight release from custody with no charges.
According to Col. John N. Fortunato, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office., Gasser was “not formally charged as of yet in the shooting death of Joe McKnight” as of this morning.
Before the shooting, a witness claimed that McKnight was trying to apologize to Gasser. Gasser then shot McKnight more than once, stood over him while saying “I told you don’t you f— with me,” and fired again.
Authorities confirmed that McKnight was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene followed by “a possible road rage incident.”
Gasser reportedly gave his gun to police when they arrived at the scene and was taken into custody. His immediate release has resulted in multiple teammates speaking out.
I try to be measured in these situations but how in the hell, less than 24 hours after the fact, u just let a man free who killed someone?!
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) December 2, 2016
Help me understand this shit too…you've got to be kidding me. Shoot in the air and you're in jail for atleast a week. Lord help us all. https://t.co/bK1TemBK1b
— Damon Harrison (@BigDame900) December 2, 2016
McKnight played for the New York Jets from 2010 to 2012 and briefly for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014 before spending time playing in Canada.