Denver Uber driver testifies he shot rider after attack


DENVER | A Denver Uber driver told a jury his passenger made sexual advances and attacked him before the driver fatally shot the man.

The Denver Post reports Michael Hancock testified Monday that Hyun Kim attacked him after he threatened to pull over and force Kim out of the vehicle for touching him and making unwanted advances.

FILE – This file booking image provided by the Denver Police Department shows Michael Hancock. Hancock, an Uber driver charged with murder for shooting a passenger on a Denver interstate has pleaded not guilty. He entered his plea Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. A jury trial is set for April 1. Hancock’s family has said the he was defending himself after the passenger attacked him during the ride on June 1. Prosecutors charged Hancock with first-degree murder for the death of 45-year-old Hyun Kim and have said Hancock fired from outside the car at Kim, who was still inside. (Denver Police Department via AP, File)

Authorities say Kim died in June 2018 when Hancock fired 10 rounds from a handgun and struck Kim six times.

The 31-year-old Hancock says he feared for his life and shot Kim in self-defense when the 45-year-old passenger punched him and pulled his hair.

Prosecutors say Hancock planned to kill Kim, whom they say was drunk and did not get out when the car arrived at his destination.

Closing arguments in the murder trial are expected this week.