Ronald Gasser, the man who allegedly fatally shot former New York Jet Joe McKnight on Thursday, has been jailed on a count of manslaughter, according to a report Tuesday.
Gasser, 54, was released by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office last week without being charged pending further investigation, a decision that sparked demonstrations and outrage on social media.
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His release again came under scrutiny after the Sheriff’s Office on Friday night released details about his 2006 arrest in a bizarre incident at the same intersection in Terrytown where McKnight was shot.
In Louisiana, manslaughter is a killing committed in “sudden passion or heat of blood immediately caused by provocation sufficient to deprive an average person of his self-control and cool reflection.”
Jefferson County Parish Sheriff Newell Normand has called a news conference at 10 a.m. to discuss the developments.
The shooting was the result of an apparent road-rage incident at Behrman Highway and Holmes Boulevard — across the Mississippi River from New Orleans.
Gasser sat nonchalantly by his car as bystanders tried to revive McKnight, Sheriff Newell Normand said last week.
When cops arrived, Gasser gave them his gun and confessed to killing McKnight, Normand said.
Police have disputed a witness account that claimed Gasser stood over McKnight’s prone body, yelling, “I told you I was going to f−−k you up,” before pumping a final shot into McKnight.
Both Gasser, who is claiming self-defense, and his father, Ronald Sr., have histories of traffic run-ins, with at least 13 offenses between them dating back decades, according to records reviewed by the Daily Mail.
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