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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. nfl jerseys china . 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The Canadian squad, skipped by Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg, got on the board first with two in the second end, and followed that with two more apiece in the fourth and sixth ends.Mahela Jayawardene believes Sri Lanka can offer a strong challenge to England this summer if they can hit the ground running. Jayawardene - who will be joining Sky Sports BAFTA-winning cricket team to cover the three Tests in England - has retired from international cricket since Sri Lankas 1-0 Test series victory in England in 2014.Another former skipper, Kumar Sangakkara, has also stepped down since, but Jayawardene remains confident Sri Lanka can spring a few surprises on Alastair Cooks side, despite an inexperienced team struggling against Essex in their opening warm-up match of the tour. They are getting acclimatised but at the same time they have a very young team, especially the batting group, so they need a bit of time out there in the middle, Jayawardene told Sky Sports News HQ.I wish they could have batted for a couple of days to get a bit of confidence but a couple of the youngsters - Kusal Mendis and Suranga Lakmal - did perform, which is encouraging for them.The bowling unit is pretty much the same as the one two years ago that beat England, so they have the experience in that department. Sri Lanka head coach Graham Ford believes his sides performance in England is just as important as winning the matches Sri Lanka have always competed really well when they have toured England. It is something unique for a Sri Lanka team to tour England and we have always challenged here.My heart says they will do the same thing [as 2014] but England are a far superior team, not just in experience but in how they have played for the last few years.It is going to be a daunting task for the Sri Lankan boys but if they get into a good rhythm and start the series well, we should see some exciting cricket.Jayawardene feels captain Angelo Mathews must set the tone for his inexperienced side and picked out a few key players for English fans to keep an eye out for. Angelo Mathews will captain Sri Lanka this summer Mathews had a great time last time when we were here and he is going to be the main pillar in the set-up, added Jayawardene, who was employed by England as a bating consultant during their tour of India.ddddddddddddThere are some youngsters who should perform well, like Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne and Dimuth Karunaratne, in the batting group.The young fast bowling attack is led by Dhammika Prassad, who is an experienced campaigner, so it gives them that experience.But Dushmantha Chameera has done really well in the last 12 months in one-day cricket and in Test cricket.He is an exciting prospect for us who bowls 145-150 kph, so he could be the surprise package this summer if he gets his line and length right.Although he will not be representing his country this summer, Jayawardene is looking forward to playing for Somerset as well as becoming part of the Sky Sports Cricket team. The first of three Test matches between England and Sri Lanka begins at Headingley in just under two weeks It should be a very good summer. It will give me a chance to watch some great cricket and at the same time be with the Sky Sports team, he said.Playing for Somerset, it is a different county for me. So I am looking forward to that opportunity. We have got Chris Gayle as well as the other overseas player, so it is exciting times.Watch England v Sri Lanka on Sky Sports this summer. Coverage of the first Test from Headingley begins at 10am on May 19 on Sky Sports 2 HD. Also See: Englands options: Openers Sky Ashes coverage wins BAFTA Essex v Sri Lanka latest England v Sri Lanka on Sky Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys cheap jerseys Cheap Jersyes Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys cheap jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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