Ex-NFL running back shot, killed in apparent road-rage dispute

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Joe McKnight #25 of the New York Jets looks on against the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Chragers defeated the Jets 27-17. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Joe McKnight #25 of the New York Jets looks on against the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Chragers defeated the Jets 27-17. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Credit: Jim McIsaac

Credit: Jim McIsaac

Former University of South California running back Joe McKnight was shot and killed during an apparent road-rage dispute Thursday afternoon in Louisiana, officials say.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says it happened about 2:43 p.m. Thursday in Terrytown, a suburb of New Orleans.

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Normand says 28-year-old McKnight was standing outside his car when he was shot by 54-year-old Ronald Gasser.

Normand says Gasser stayed at the scene and relinquished his weapon to responding officers. He says Gasser is in custody and being questioned.

Sheriff's spokesman Col. John Fortunato says they're anticipating charging Gasser, but it's unclear with what.

McKnight, who played 41 career games in the NFL with the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs, was 28 years old.

He is the second NFL player this year to die as a result of a possible road-rage incident. Saints player Will Smith was killed in April.

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