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Parents of Denver Uber driver accused of killing passenger say it was self defense

By: Sonia Gutierrez, 9News
June 9, 2018 Updated: June 9, 2018 at 1:59 pm
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photo - FILE - This file booking image provided by the Denver Police Department shows Michael Andre Hancock, who was arrested Friday, June 1, 2018, in connection with the fatal shooting of a passenger on Interstate 25. Hancock was charged on Thursday, June 7, 2018 with first degree murder in the shooting. (Denver Police Department via AP, File)
FILE - This file booking image provided by the Denver Police Department shows Michael Andre Hancock, who was arrested Friday, June 1, 2018, in connection with the fatal shooting of a passenger on Interstate 25. Hancock was charged on Thursday, June 7, 2018 with first degree murder in the shooting. (Denver Police Department via AP, File) 

The parents of the Uber driver who has been charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of his passenger say he wouldn’t hurt anyone unless he was being threatened.

“He’s easily all smiles, he’s easily laughing, he’s easily giving to people,” the driver’s mother Stephanie Hancock said. “The whole situation is so out of context.”

Michael Hancock is accused of shooting Hyun Kim, 45, during the early morning hours of June 1. The shooting happened on Interstate 25 near the University Boulevard exit.

The 29-year-old, who is not related to the Denver mayor though they share a name, was arrested at 8 a.m. the morning of the shooting, according to a probable cause statement obtained by 9NEWS.

Read the full story from 9News here.

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