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Uber driver shoots, kills passenger on Denver interstate, police say

Posted at 8:02 AM, Jun 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-01 12:14:59-04

DENVER – Police say a driver for the ridesharing service Uber shot and killed a passenger in their car in Denver early Friday.

The shooting occurred a little before 3 a.m. local time on Interstate 25.

Police said the driver shot the passenger, an adult male, multiple times after getting into some kind of altercation inside the vehicle. According to emergency dispatch communications, the driver called 911 to report the shooting.

Officers on the scene attempted to perform CPR on the passenger but the man was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Neither the driver nor the passenger has been identified. Police said the driver is being interviewed at the police department headquarters.

Police are working to confirm whether the driver was working and whether the passenger was a paying customer at the time of the shooting.

The southbound lanes of I-25 were closed for several hours while police investigated the shooting. The interstate was back open as of 8:20 a.m. but the ramp where the shooting occurred remained closed for some time. The ramp had reopened by 10 a.m.

Police said they would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed anything related to this case at about 2:45 a.m.local time at I-25 and University.