Joe McKnight Shooter Arrested On Charges Of Manslaughter

Ford Springer | Contributor

The man who shot and killed former NFL running back Joe McKnight has been arrested on charges of manslaughter.

Joe McKnight of the New York Jets poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)

Joe McKnight of the New York Jets. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)

Ronald Gasser, who admitted to shooting McKnight three times was charged with manslaughter on Monday according to police records obtained by TMZ. Gasser is being held on no bond.

Ballistic evidence and autopsy results contradicted a witness report that claimed Gasser fired the shots into McKnight while standing over him, according to The Times-Picayune.

Joe McKnight #25 of the New York Jets returns a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Joe McKnight #25 of the New York Jets returns a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

According to officials, McKnight and Gasser were arguing in an apparent road rage incident before Gasser fired shots at McKnight. Gasser was in the drivers seat of his own car when he shot McKnight who was arguing with him from the passenger window.

Authorities still have not figured out what led to the incident and the subsequent shooting, but the investigation is still ongoing.

McKnight was a standout running back at the University of Southern California and went on to play in the NFL for the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Joe McKnight #4 of the USC Trojans runs against the California Golden Bears at Memorial Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Joe McKnight #4 of the USC Trojans runs against the California Golden Bears at Memorial Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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