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HARVEY, La. -- The shooting death of an ex-NFL player in a New Orleans suburb was a road rage incident that began on a nearby bridge, a sheriff said Friday, as he urged against a rush to judgment and defended his handling of the case.Joe McKnight was shot Thursday afternoon in Terrytown, across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. Authorities identified 54-year-old Ronald Gasser, who stayed at the scene, as the shooter and released him overnight, sparking criticism.At a news conference Friday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said the altercation that ended with McKnights death started on a nearby bridge -- possibly when one of the two men cut the other off -- and then proceeded into streets of the New Orleans suburb. He didnt say which driver cut off the other.Authorities said Gasser shot McKnight three times from inside his car with a semi-automatic handgun while McKnight was standing outside. Witnesses reported the two had been in a heated argument, the sheriff said.Normand defended his handling of the case, saying the investigation was ongoing. No charges have been filed. Some protesters upset at Gassers release gathered outside the sheriffs office earlier Friday.Speaking of Gassers release, the sheriff said the state has certain statutes that provide a defense to certain crimes but did not go into further detail.The easiest thing for me would have been `Book him, Danno. Right? Normand said, referring to the police saying made popular on Hawaii Five-0. But Normand urged caution.Mr. Gasser is not going anywhere. He has been completely cooperative with us in every request we have made, he said. We will do a very through and deliberate investigation.But news late Friday that Gasser was involved in a similar altercation with a driver a decade ago will likely raise further questions about who was the aggressor.Normand said in a press release late Friday that in February 2006, Gasser chased down and beat another driver in what appeared to be the same intersection where McKnight was shot and killed Thursday.In the 2006 incident, a man observed a truck driving erratically and called a number on the truck, speaking to a man later identified as Gasser. Gasser and the man got into a fight on the phone and then Gasser followed the man to a service station, confronted him and hit him several times. Gasser drove away and the victim called 911.Investigators found Gasser and issued a misdemeanor summons for simple battery, which was later dismissed. Authorities said they are trying to determine why it was dismissed.Normand earlier Friday didnt go into details from the investigation, saying he didnt want to taint any prospective witnesses that might still come forward.But he did reject a number of accounts in local media speculating about the shooting. In particular, Normand said there was no video of the incident and that Gasser did not stand over McKnight and fire shots into him.Coroner Gerry Cvitanovich backed that up, saying Knights three wounds were not consistent with being shot from above.McKnights grandmother said family members are still seeking information about the players death and why Gasser was released.Barbara Franklin told The Associated Press relatives are trying to find out our own selves just what happened. Of Gasser, she said by phone, He might be released now, but God is going to bring about justice in it.McKnight is the second former NFL player this year to die in the New Orleans area in an apparent road rage incident. Former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith was killed in a shooting last April sparked by a traffic altercation.Normand said no gun was found outside either vehicle. A sheriffs office spokesman, Col. John Fortunato, said authorities are searching both vehicles. Fortunato said McKnight didnt have a weapon on his person or near his body when found.Gasser couldnt immediately be reached by The Associated Press.His release raised questions about what exactly led to the shooting. Arthur A. Lemmann, a New Orleans-based attorney not connected to the case, cautioned that it was too early to tell but it could indicate Gasser says he acted in self-defense.Its not the end of the matter ... but what it indicates to me is that there was some basis to believe that the homicide was justified. And the most typical justification of a homicide is self-defense, Lemmann said.McKnight played three seasons for the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs. He spent this season in the Canadian Football League.McKnight was considered the nations No. 1 running back recruit when he came out of Louisiana in 2006 and signed with the University of Southern California. He was drafted by the Jets in the fourth round in 2010.In a mostly somber New York Jets locker room, former teammates remembered McKnight. Only a handful of players remain from those New York teams, but the impact McKnight left was clear.In my rookie year, he was like the first guy who actually talked to me here, said quarterback Geno Smith, who was drafted in 2013. Joe was cool, man. He was funny. Just a real laid-back guy, always kept you laughing and always a smile on his face.A few veteran players declined to comment in the locker room because they were so upset by the news, but later issued statements through the team.My memories from him are working hard, cornerback Darrelle Revis said. He came in his rookie year and it was a little rocky for him trying to learn the system. And then his second year, he took off as an explosive kick returner and he won us numerous games.---Associated Press reporters Jeff Amy in Jackson, Mississippi, and Dennis Waszak Jr. in Florham Park, New Jersey contributed to this report.---Follow Rebecca Santana on Twitter (at)ruskygal. Ever Banega Jersey. 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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gator Nation got its first real feel of the electric game-day atmosphere in the Lemerand Athletic Center when a capacity crowd of 723 watched the No. 7 Gators sweep Sunshine State foe Jacksonville 25-12, 25-18, 25-20 in their second of two matches Friday to open the Active Ankle Challenge.With the Rowdy Reptiles out in full effect and a packed house, Florida chalked up its ninth straight victory to improve to 9-1 on the season with its second sweep of the day after blanking FAMU at noon.Floridas veterans Rhamat Alhassan (11k, 3b), Alex Holston (9k, 2b) and Carli Snyder (15k, 1 ace) collaborated for 39.5 of Floridas 53 points against the Dolphins, Snyder just one kill shy of her season high 16, thanks in part to redshirt sophomore setter Allie Monserezs 41 assists. Monserez bested her previous three-set assist figure (38) which was tops in the SEC entering the day.The Dolphins battled through the evening, keeping the Gators at bay and closing the score differential in each set as the match went on, ending with a 25-20 third-set score.It was another stellar night for freshman middle Rachael Kramer, who paced the Orange and Blue with a .556 clip, zero errors and a team-tying three blocks against Jacksonville. Since the Gators tilt with No. 13 FSU Wednesday, Kramer has hit a team best .559 with 21 kills, just two errors and a team high 14 total blocks.Junior libero Caroline Knop continued to be a stabilizer for UF in the back row with 13 digs, her second most in a three-setter in 2016, while the defensive play and serving of freshman Allie Gregory continued to be a highlight for the Gators, who will look to ride the momentum into their Active Ankle Challenge finalee against Marshall Saturday at 4 p.dddddddddddd. FAMU and Jacksonville will play just prior to UF at 2 p.m.WORDS FROM WISE It was a match weve seen before - an in-state team playing so well against us. I thought Jacksonville did so many good things: what they did offensively, some of the balls they brought back. We had to play well to win that in three.THE RECORDSNo. 7 Florida: 9-1Jacksonville: 3-8NOTABLES & TRENDS Florida moved to 18-0 all-time against Jacksonville, 16-0 all-time in three-set matches against the Dolphins and 11-0 at home against JUFlorida added its second sweep of the day and its seventh sweep in eight matchesThe Orange and Blue made it nine straight wins and notched their second match this season being perfect on serve receive with zero reception errorsThe Gators limited FAMU to an .065 clip Friday afternoon and followed by holding Jacksonville to an .073 efficiency. UF has now held seven opponents to a .200 clip or lowerFloridas main offensive point scorers continued to roll Friday. Rhamat Alhassan made it five double-digit kill matches this season with her 11 slams against JU, while Carli Snyder now has eight double-digit kill matches. Alex Holston has reached double-digit points in nine contests for the Gators in 2016UP NEXT Active Ankle Challenge Parking & Ticket Manager Information The Gators will wrap up their final day of play in the Active Ankle Challenge at 4 p.m. Saturday against Marshall. For more information on parking, tickets, broadcast information and the tournament match-ups, visit the Gators Active Ankle information page. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '


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