Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a hit-and-run accident that killed one man and injured another. The former rap mogul allegedly ran over the men in his truck after a dispute on the set of N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, a source close to the investigation told the Los Angeles Times. Bail was set at $2 million.
The 49-year-old Knight, who with Dr. Dre helped preside over the rise of Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur, reportedly appeared at a West Hollywood police station around 12:30 a.m. PST this morning. He spoke with homicide detectives for about three hours, his lawyer James Blatt told the Times.
Police said Knight followed the two men after their argument and ran over them in a parking lot. According to witnesses, the truck hit the men first, then backed over them. The victim who died was 55. The other, whose injuries weren’t disclosed, was 51. At least one of them reportedly was part of the film crew.
Blatt, Knight’s lawyer, said the hit-and-run was an accident that took place while his client was trying to escape from a group of attackers. “I am positive Mr. Knight will be exonerated by Tuesday,” Blatt told the Times. “Investigators are still interviewing witnesses and still need to see video of the incident.”
In October, Knight was arrested and charged with robbery in connection with an incident a month earlier involving a photographer’s camera. In August, he was shot at a party celebrating the MTV Video Music Awards. He was previously shot at a pre-VMA party in 2005. And bullet fragments hit him during Shakur’s 1996 shooting death.
Knight has previously been convicted of assault and, in a separate case, misdemeanor battery.