JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand released information Friday about an alleged incident that he said involved the self-admitted shooter of former NFL player Joe McKnight.
Normand said in 2006, Ronald Gasser was issued a summons for simple battery in connection with an altercation at the same intersection where McNight was shot Thursday.
The sheriff said the following is in response to a question asked about Gasser's past at Friday's news conference:
"Sheriff Newell Normand reports, Gasser was involved in an incident on February 20, 2006, around 3:30 PM that began on Holiday Drive in New Orleans and ended in the service station at the intersection of Holmes Blvd. and Berhman Hwy., in Terrytown. During this incident, the victim/reporting person, identified only as a 51-year-old white male from Marrero, called 911 in Jefferson Parish to report that a male subject was driving a red pick-up truck unsafely on Holiday Drive. The victim observed a phone number on the truck to call if the vehicle was being operated unsafely. When the victim called the phone number, an individual, later identified as Ronald Gasser told the victim he was the one driving the red pick up truck. A verbal altercation began between the victim and Gasser began at that time. Once the victim reached the service station, he pulled in to begin refueling his vehicle. It was at that time Gasser, who had followed him into the station, confronted him and began to strike him with a closed fist several times. After doing so, the victim reported Gasser drove out of the service station, at which time he called 911.
"Investigators at a later date located Mr. Gasser, at which time he was issued a misdemeanor summons for simple battery. The charge of simple battery was ultimately dismissed. We will continue to research this matter in order to determine the reason for the dismissal. Once we are able to determine same, we will report the outcome of our review."
Court records show that Gasser failed to appear for his Sept. 27, 2006 arraignment, and an attachment was issued. A couple of days later, a contempt of court letter was sent.
On Oct. 6, court records indicate that a contempt of court fine was paid, the attachment was recalled, and a trial date was set for Nov. 27, 2006.
Records show that on Nov. 27, 2006, the case was dismissed by District Attorney Paul Connick Jr.'s office.