Offbeat Uber driver shoots passenger dead on Denver highway, police say

19:07  01 june  2018
19:07  01 june  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

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( DENVER ) — Authorities say an Uber driver has fatally shot a passenger on an interstate in Denver . Denver police department spokesman Sonny Jackson says preliminary information points to a conflict between the driver and passenger .

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The southbound lanes of Interstate 25 in Denver were closed following a fatal shooting on the highwayThe southbound lanes of Interstate 25 in Denver were closed following a fatal shooting on the highway early on June 1. © Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC The southbound lanes of Interstate 25 in Denver were closed following a fatal shooting on the highwayThe southbound lanes of Interstate 25 in Denver were closed following a fatal shooting on the highway early on June 1.

An Uber driver allegedly opened fire early Friday morning on a male passenger after a "conflict" on a highway, according to Denver police.

The passenger, who may have been shot multiple times, was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead following the incident that began around 2:45 a.m. MT (4:45 a.m. ET), said Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson.

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Both the Uber driver and his passenger were uninjured . Police have said that they don’t expect to file charges since the shooting was in self-defense.

A would-be robber got shot to death when he attempted to rob an Uber driver , who was carrying a firearm and was able to defend himself and his passenger . Police said the shooting appears to have been in self defense and it is unlikely charges will be fired against the driver .

The driver was also treated at the hospital for unspecified wounds and released into police custody, Jackson said, adding that investigators "can't speculate what went on in the car."

Neither the driver nor the victim were immediately identified.

Police shut down a portion of the southbound lanes of Interstate 25 through the morning rush hour, causing massive gridlock, as they sought to interview other drivers who may have witnessed the shooting.

Jackson said authorities were in contact with Uber and it was unclear if the shooting occurred while the driver was on a job. Prosecutors had not announced any charges as of early Friday morning.

In a 2016 case in Kalamazoo, Michigan, an Uber driver was charged with fatally shooting six people and wounding two others — apparently at random — and blaming the car service's mobile app for turning him into "a puppet." He remains jailed while awaiting trial.

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