NFL News: Deputies Try To Revive Joe McKnight After Road Rage Incident

By Alex Ramsey, Posted: 12/02/16 06:31AM EST
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Joe McKnight murdered on a road rage accident on Thursday (Dec.1).(Photo : NFL via Getty Images)

Joe McKnight's friends, teammates and co-players in NFL mourned on Thursday as the former running back passed away after suffering multiple gun-shot wounds in Louisiana.

The 28-year-old McKnight was shot and seen lying on the ground near his car when the police arrived on the scene. The deputies quickly performed a CPR on McKnight but CPR could not revive him. He was declared dead on the scene.

According to NFL, Sheriff Newell Normand of Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office said that they received a call on 911 hotline. The caller said there was a shooting that happened at the intersection of Behrman Highway and Holmes Boulevard around 2:43 p.m. Normand also mentioned that a guy named Ronald Gasser remained on the scene and told the deputies that he was the one who shot McKnight.

There was a witness who saw what happened on the scene. The witness claimed that she was about to leave the store in the area when she saw a man at the intersection yelling at another man who was trying to apologize.

The witness said the man kept yelling and shot the other man more than once, CBS Sports reported. She added that the man stood next to McKnight and said, "I told you don't you f--- with me" before he fired again.

The 54-year-old Gasser was not yet arrested but he was taken into the sheriff's custody for questioning together with some witnesses. Normand said that his department will continue to investigate McKnight's case.

Normand added, "Mr. McKnight did not have a gun in his possession. We will be releasing additional details as we get through these interviews with these witnesses." More details related to the investigation will be announced at a news conference that has been tentatively scheduled on Friday.

A video of deputies performing a CPR on McKnight surfaced online. 


McKnight was a University of South California standout who was drafted by New York Jets in the fourth round of NFL 2010 draft. He played two years for the Jets (2010-2012) and a single year on the Chiefs (2014).

He then played in Canadian football teams Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2016. This incident was the second time in this year that a former NFL player was fatally shot during a road rage incident. Former New Orleans Saints Will Smith was also shot last April.



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