Sheriff: Man who intentionally hit bicyclist in custody

ST. BERNARD PARISH, LA (WVUE) - The St. Bernard Sheriff's Office is investigating the fatal hit-and-run of a bicyclist that investigators say was intentional.

Deputies responded to the call Wednesday at about 8:20 p.m. The incident happened on Chalmette Avenue and Fifth Street. The victim, 46-year-old Michael Schulz, died at the scene.

According to the report, Robert Benbow, 26, is wanted for second degree murder.

When deputies arrived on the scene they found Schulz lying in the driveway of a home, suffering from fatal wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to witness accounts, Schulz and Benbow, who were acquaintances, were involved in an altercation. The two men parted ways after the initial argument, but witnesses say Benbow returned shortly after, made verbal threats to Schulz and then intentionally struck him with his vehicle.

Benbow fled the scene in a silver Jeep Commander with Michigan plates. The vehicle has been recovered, and Benbow was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Benbow, or other information about the case, is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (504) 271-2501 or Crimestoppers GNO at (504) 822-1111. Tipsters who call Crimestoppers can remain anonymous, do not have to testify and could be eligible for a cash reward.

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