Police: Uber driver fatally shoots passenger on I-25 in Denver

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Michael Hancock Denver Police Department

An Uber driver shot and killed a passenger on Interstate 25 early Friday morning, according to the Denver Police Department.

The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Michael Hancock. He has been arrested on first-degree murder charges. 

The victim has been identified as 45-year-old Hyun Kim.

The shooting happened about 2:45 a.m. as the car, a silver Honda sedan, passed over the University Boulevard bridge. After the shooting, the car veered off the road and slammed into a wall on the on-ramp.

According to the probable cause statement released by DPD, a witness called 911 and said he saw a man slumped over in the passenger seat of a silver sedan on the side of the road. The witness said the driver told him he was an Uber driver and his passenger tried to attack him, so he shot the passenger. The witness then handed the phone to the driver, who identified himself as Hancock.

Police arrived at the scene and found Kim lying on the passenger-side foot well of the Nissan. Police performed CPR before Denver Health Paramedics arrived. Kim was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Hancock was handcuffed and an officer removed a semiautomatic pistol from his waistband, according to the statement from DPD.

Hancock was also taken to a hospital, because he said he was having trouble breathing.

A detective found 10 spent 40-caliber cartridges on the left shoulder of the freeway near University Boulevard. A trail of blood was also found nearby.

Friday afternoon, Uber confirmed Hancock had access to the app for nearly three years.

The company also said the incident “appears to be associated with an on-app trip.”

Police have been in contact with Uber, Jackson said.

Uber has a policy that prohibits its drivers from carrying firearms while driving passengers.

“We are all deeply troubled by the events in Denver today,” Uber said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with the families of those involved and we will continue working closely with police.”

Hancock’s father, Michael Hancock Sr., said his son is commonly referred to as “Mikey.” He said Mikey lives with his wife and two kids at the older Hancock’s home in Aurora. Mikey’s father confirmed his son drives for Uber and generally works for the company at night. 

Mikey’s father said his son has a permit to carry a gun. He said that before the shooting, Mikey went to a movie with his wife and then began driving for Uber.

The office of Mayor Michael B. Hancock confirmed the suspect is not related to the mayor.

Anyone who might have witnessed what happened or was on the interstate at the time of the shooting is asked to call police.

KDVR contributed to this report

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