Gasser admitted to shooting McKnight 3 times during an altercation on Dec. 1st. Cops questioned and detained him after the shooting but he was released without charges hours after the incident.
After days of social media outrage, officials have finally decided to arrest Gasser on a manslaughter charge.
According to the AJC, Ronald Gasser, 54, was arrested late Monday evening (December 5, 2016).
On December 1, 2016, Gasser shot McKnight three times during a road rage altercation. McKnight died immediately from his injuries. No weapon was found on or near McKnight’s body after the altercation…. i.e. he was unarmed!
When deputies arrived, the sheriff said Gasser handed them his gun and said he shot McKnight, 28.
Cops detained Gasser and questioned him after the shooting but he was released without charges hours last Thursday.
McKnight is black and Gasser is white, however, authorities claim race didn’t played a role in the case but many on social media feel differently. Needless to day, while it’s unclear what has changed in the case in the days that followed his release, officials have now arrested him and charged Gasser with manslaughter in the case.
He was a fourth-round draft pick of the Jets in 2010 and played three seasons for New York. McKnight had a 107-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in 2011, and it remains the longest play in Jets history.
He also spent a season with Kansas City, and most recently played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.
The Jets held a moment of silence Monday night before their game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium to honor the former running back.