Updated: February 24, 2021
An Uber driver shot dead a passenger on Friday morning while the two were in a vehicle on an interstate in Denver, Colorado, police said.
Police said they recovered 10 bullet casings from the scene, an indication that at least 10 shots might have been fired.
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USA Today quoted Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson as saying that preliminary information pointed to a conflict between the driver and passenger
He said shots were fired by the driver on Interstate 25 shortly before 3 a.m on Friday.
This booking photo released by the Denver Police Department shows Uber driver Michael Hancock, 29, who is accused of fatally shooting a passenger early Friday
The driver, identified by police as Michael A. Hancock, 29, is being held without bond in a Denver jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, USA Today reported.
Hancock told a witness that the passenger, whose name has not been released, assaulted him and he fired in response, according to court documents.
Hancock’s mother, Stephanie Hancock, told KUSA-TV that he’s been driving for Uber for a couple of years to make extra money. He also works at a youth group home as a counselor, she said.
“He’s a husband, a father, a college student. He works two jobs,” Stephanie Hancock told the station. “It’s a terrible, terrible thing that happened. We don’t know anything else.”
Hancock’s parents told KUSA-TV that he had a concealed carry permit from his days of working as a security guard.
. With reports from USA Today