Unknown Sailor helped police officer trying to save slain NFL player


A former NFL player was killed during a road rage incident in New Orleans yesterday.

Joe McKnight, 28, who was a Louisiana native,  played for the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs and attended University of Southern California.

The former NFL player recently signed on to Canadian Football leagues’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, running  for 150 yards and a touchdown in his first CFL start on Oct. 15.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says McKnight was shot to death following an argument at an intersection with another motorist at 2:43 p.m. in Terrytown, a suburb of New Orleans.

Normand says 28-year-old McKnight was standing outside his car when he was shot by 54-year-old Ronald Gasser.

A witness said that after Gasser shot McKnight he stood over him saying “I told you don’t you f*** with me.”

When police arrived at the scene an officer and an unknown Navy sailor performed CPR on McKnight.  The officer is seen in cell phone video, recorded by a witness, giving Mcknight chest compressions while the sailor provides rescue breaths.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said this week that gun violence in the city was ‘out of control’ after a mass shooting left nine injured and one dead on the famous Bourbon Street on Sunday morning.

Sherriff Normand said McKnight did not have a gun on him or in his car.

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