Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said deputies received a 911 call at approximately 2:43 p.m. CST about a shooting in the New Orleans suburb of Terrytown. McKnight, suffering from gunshot wounds, was lying on the ground near his car next to an intersection when deputies arrived. CPR was performed on McKnight before he was pronounced dead at the scene, Normand said.
Ronald Gasser, 54, was at the scene and told deputies he shot McKnight, Normand said. Gasser was not arrested, but he was taken into custody for questioning. Several witnesses also were taken to the sheriff’s office for questioning. The investigation into McKnight’s death remains ongoing, Normand said.
“Mr. McKnight did not have a gun in his possession,” Normand said. “We will be releasing additional details as we get through these interviews with these witnesses.”
The Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office told NFL.com that an autopsy will be performed Friday morning. More details related to the investigation are expected to be announced during a news conference that has been tentatively scheduled for Friday.
A former top overall prospect in his high school class, McKnight was selected in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft after spending his collegiate career at USC. He led the NFL in yards per kickoff return (31.6) in his second season.
McKnight spent three seasons in New York then one final one in Kansas City in 2014 before moving on to the Canadian Football League.