Suge Knight Hits Men With Car, Killing Friend Terry Carter (VIDEO)
Suge Knight allegedly killed his friend Terry Carter in Compton on Thursday when he hit the man with his car before fleeing the scene. Get the latest details below.
According to Knight’s attorney, James E. Blatt, the music star was involved in an altercation with two people at the set of a commercial, where earlier Ice Cube and Dr. Dre had been doing a promo shoot for the upcoming movie, Straight Outta Compton. Knight sought to escape the fight via his car, and ran over two bystanders in the process, one being Carter, and the other a man named Cle “Bone” Sloan. Blatt, calling the incident a “tragic accident,” said Knight planned to turn himself in to the authorities.
A police spokesperson initially told Gossip Cop, however, that they had “not confirmed it’s Suge Knight” who was behind the wheel. “We have no suspect information at this point. No one is in custody,” stressed the rep. We were further told that while one victim (believed to be Carter) was pronounced dead at the hospital, the police were unaware of the second injured party’s condition, though the person (believed to be Sloan) was also transported to the hospital for medical care.
Now the sheriff’s department has deemed Knight a “person of interest,” and are negotiating for him to come in for questioning. The cops have also reportedly determined that the car involved was registered to him, but they still have not confirmed he was the one driving during the incident.
In footage obtained by TMZ (see below), paramedics are seen attending to one of the victims, possibly Carter, and a witness says, “Terry was in the driveway in front of his car, and [Knight] runs over Terry, smashed his head and everything.” The man goes on, “So now he’s not even breathing. They’re trying to resuscitate him right now. Doesn’t look like he’s going to make it.”
Carter and Knight were “close friends,” says Blatt, though the details of their connection are unknown at this point. Sloan, a reformed gang member who has worked as a director and producer, appeared in movies like “Training Day” and “End of Watch,” and in the TV series “Southland.” Gossip Cop will have updates.
UPDATE: In a press conference held late Thursday, Lieutenant John Corina gave a slightly different version of events than those reported earlier. According to the officer, Knight first allegedly had an argument on the set of the Straight Outta Compton promo shoot with two people before leaving. Approximately 20 minutes later, another incident occurred outside a fast food restaurant between Knight and the same people, whom he allegedly followed. Knight, in a red pickup truck, then allegedly hit two different people standing nearby, with Corina saying he “drove backwards and struck the victims and drove forwards and struck them again.”
A 55-year-old male died at the hospital, and a 51-year-old man was treated in the hospital for injuries, though his condition remains unknown. The police have not yet identified the victims as Carter and Sloan. Corina said the truck was later found empty in a parking lot, and acknowledged that no witnesses have said Knight was behind the wheel during the time of the incident, but that he was allegedly seen driving around in a similar vehicle earlier. The case is being investigated as a homicide. “The people we talked to say it looked like it was an intentional act,” said Corina.
Blatt, Knight’s lawyer, still maintains it was all an accident, telling the Associated Press, “He was in the process of being physically assaulted by two men and in an effort to escape he unfortunately hit two [other] individuals.” Blatt further said, “We are confident that once the investigation is completed, he will be totally exonerated.” Knight has a long history of legal problems, with several felony convictions. In November, he pleaded not guilty to robbery after he was accused of stealing a camera. That case is still pending. As Gossip Cop reported last summer, Knight was shot six times during a nightclub shooting. Though he was seriously injured, no arrests have been made.
SECOND UPDATE: Knight was arrested for murder early Friday morning. He is being held at the West Hollywood sheriff’s station on $2 million bail. Prior to the arrest, Knight turned himself into police and was interviewed by homicide detectives. In a new statement, the sheriff’s department now says witnesses have identified Knight as being the driver in the fatal incident.
TMZ is also now reporting that Sloan was one of the men with whom Knight was allegedly arguing, and the intended victim of the car strike. According to the site, Carter had been a passenger traveling with Knight, and was out of the vehicle talking to Sloan when the incident occurred. Sources tell the outlet that Knight did not intend to injure, never mind kill, his friend. But because he ended up doing so in the act of allegedly trying to assault someone else with a deadly weapon, he was able to be charged with murder under California law.