Uber driver fatally shoots passenger on Denver interstate

Published June 2, 2018, 12:07 AM

by Roel Tibay

By the Associated Press

An Uber driver fatally shot a man in a car on a Denver interstate early Friday morning after some kind of altercation.

Denver Police Department detectives, foreground, investigate near where a Nissan sedan, top left, being driven by an Uber driver crashed into a retaining wall along Interstate 25 south of downtown Denver early Friday, June 1, 2018. The driver allegedly shot and killed a passenger at 2:45 a.m. after a confrontation broke out between the two while headed southbound on the interstate. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Police Department detectives, foreground, investigate near where a Nissan sedan, top left, being driven by an Uber driver crashed into a retaining wall along Interstate 25 south of downtown Denver early Friday, June 1, 2018. The driver allegedly shot and killed a passenger at 2:45 a.m. after a confrontation broke out between the two while headed southbound on the interstate. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski/MANILA BULLETIN)

The unidentified man was shot shortly before 3 a.m. on Interstate 25 and later died at the hospital. The driver was also treated and released from the hospital for unspecified injuries, police spokesman Sonny Jackson said.

Police were still investigating what led up to the shooting and whether or not the man killed was armed. Jackson said the driver worked for Uber, but police still need to confirm that he was working for the ride-hailing company at the time. It doesn’t appear that the two knew each other, he said.

The results of the investigation will be turned over to prosecutors, who will decide whether to file any charges, Jackson said.

The silver sedan the two were riding in crashed into a wall at the end of an onramp. A sport utility vehicle with its doors open was also stopped nearby, but Jackson said that vehicle was not involved in the shooting.

Police officers were seen walking on the closed lanes of the highway near the ramp looking for evidence. Several evidence markers could be seen on the ground.

 
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