Uber driver allegedly fatally shot passenger on Denver interstate

DENVER, Colorado -- An Uber driver allegedly shot and killed his passenger in Denver on a major interstate early Friday morning, police said.

The shooting happened as the vehicle drove across a ramp from University Boulevard bridge to southbound Interstate 25 in Colorado's capital city, forcing the temporary closure of the roadway through morning rush hour.

The unidentified man was shot shortly before 3 a.m. on Interstate 25 and later died at the hospital. The driver, identified as Michael Hancock, was also treated and released from the hospital for unspecified injuries.

Hancock was arrested for first-degree murder in connection with the early morning shooting, police said.

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Police are still investigating what led up to the shooting and whether or not the man killed was armed.

Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said the driver worked for Uber, but police still need to confirm that he was working for the ride-hailing company at the time. It doesn't appear that the two knew each other, he said.

In a statement, Uber said it was "deeply troubled" by the shooting. "Our thoughts are with the families of those involved. We will continue working closely with police," it said.

The results of the investigation will be turned over to prosecutors, who will decide whether to file any charges, Jackson said.

The silver sedan the two were riding in crashed into a wall at the end of an onramp. A sport utility vehicle with its doors open was also stopped nearby, but Jackson said that vehicle was not involved in the shooting.

Police officers were seen walking on the closed lanes of the highway near the ramp looking for evidence. Several evidence markers could be seen on the ground.

ABC News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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