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Suspect in McKnight shooting released

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HARVEY, La. (AP) 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 McKnight's 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 didn't say which driver cut off the other.

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