Denver, Colorado, USA: Denver police have arrested a driver for the ride-sharing company Uber, identified as Michael Andre Hancock, 29, for allegedly shooting and killing a passenger early Friday morning. Hancock is being held in Denver County Jail without bond in connection with the shooting.
According to police, Hancock told a motorist on the side of a highway that he had shot a passenger who had tried to attack him.
Authorities found a man suffering from gunshot wounds in a vehicle stopped on a ramp. The victim was identified as Hyun Kim, 45.
The shooting happened at about 2:47 a.m. as the vehicle passed over the University Boulevard bridge and forced the closure of southbound Interstate 25 for more than five hours.
The interstate reopened about 8:15 a.m. and the on-ramp from University Boulevard to southbound I-25 reopened about 9:30 a.m.
After crossing the bridge over University Blvd., the silver Nissan veered off the road and slammed into a wall on the on-ramp.
Police said they later found a semi-automatic handgun in Hancock’s waistband, and recovered 10 spent 40-caliber cartridges from the side of the road.
The two men reportedly got into a conflict while inside the vehicle, culminating in the driver’s fatal shooting of the unnamed passenger. Police are treating the case as a homicide.
Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said the passenger was taken immediately to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“We do know this person was an Uber driver. We’re going to determine if he was actually on a ride when this happened. We’re going to determine what the relationship was between what appears to be a passenger and a driver prior to this particular ride,” Jackson said, according to local reports.
The police called for witnesses to come forward.
“#UPDATE Homicide on I25 expect SB I25 at University to be closed thru rush hour due to large scene with evidence. All ptys involved are accounted for. Any witnesses on I25 between 230-245 am please call with information. Updates will be posted” Denver Police Department wrote.
The shooter was also reported to have been hospitalized after suffering a medical emergency at the scene of the crash, but was later released.
Police would not speculate as to the exact sequence of events that took place inside the vehicle, which crashed on a bridge headed toward the University of Denver at around 2:45 a.m.
Around 3:45 p.m. Friday, the Denver Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Hyun Kim, 45.
“An autopsy was completed and the cause of death was from gunshot wounds. The manner of death is homicide,” the medical examiner said.
In a statement, Uber said that it had revoked Hancock’s access to the ride-sharing app, adding that it was “deeply troubled” by the arrest.
“Our thoughts are with the families of those involved. The driver’s access to the app has been removed, and we will continue working closely with police,” Uber said.
Hancock had been a contract driver for Uber for nearly three years.