Rap mogul Suge Knight arrested in fatal hit-and-run in Los Angeles

Fri Jan 30, 2015 8:53pm EST
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday after police said he ran over two people with a pickup truck at a fast food restaurant in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, killing one and injuring the other before fleeing.

Knight, the 49-year-old co-founder of Death Row Records, was booked at about 3 a.m. (1100 GMT) and was being held in lieu of $2 million bail, the department said.

The Thursday afternoon incident took place after Knight drove up to a burger shop in Compton, south of downtown Los Angeles, and began arguing with two people outside, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lieutenant John Corina said.

Knight and one of the men began throwing punches at each other through the window of his Ford F-150 Raptor pickup truck before Knight put the vehicle in reverse, knocking one of the victims to the ground, Corina said.

Knight then pulled forward, running over the first victim and striking the second, before leaving the scene, Corina said.

One of the two victims, identified as 55-year-old Terry Carter, later died at a hospital. The condition of the second person, who was hospitalized, was not made public.

Knight arrived at the sheriff's department West Hollywood station accompanied by his attorney to take questions from detectives and was later arrested on suspicion of murder.

“His version of events didn’t match what the witnesses were telling us," Corina said.   Continued...

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies and investigators stand near the scene where a pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run crash reportedly involving rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, in Compton, California January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn