Uber driver charged with murder in passenger’s shooting death

An Uber driver who police say gunned down a passenger in his car last week has been charged with first-degree murder, prosecutors said.

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Uber driver fatally shoots passenger on interstate: police

DENVER — Authorities say an Uber driver has fatally shot…

Michael Hancock, 25, was charged Thursday with one count of murder in first-degree after deliberation in the June 1 death of Hyun Kim, a 45-year-old passenger who was found dead on Interstate 25 near University Boulevard in Hancock’s car, Denver District Attorney Beth McCann announced.

Hancock, according to a Denver police probable cause affidavit, told a motorist on the side of the highway that he had just shot a passenger in his car who tried to attack him. Police said they found a semi-automatic pistol in Hancock’s waistband and found 10 bullet casings on the shoulder of the highway near his car.

Hancock was taken into custody at the scene, but declined to speak to detectives.

Hancock’s sister, Kilisha Beasley, insists her brother killed Kim in self-defense because he was beating Hancock on the head, the Denver Post reports.

Hancock, a driver for Uber for three years, does not have a criminal record in Colorado, but the company’s policy that prohibits drivers and riders from carrying firearms applies in the state, according to the newspaper.

Uber representatives said they were “deeply troubled” by Hancock’s arrest and have removed his access to the ride-sharing app.

Hancock’s first appearance in court has not yet been scheduled, prosecutors said. He remains jailed without bail.

Hancock’s father, meanwhile, told KDVR he expects his son to be cleared of any wrongdoing.

“This is ridiculous,” he said after the formal charges were announced. “My son will be vindicated and unfortunately we’ll probably have to spend a lot of money to do that.”

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