Denver Uber shooting: Suspect held without bond; company touts new safety features

Posted at 1:35 PM, Jun 04, 2018

DENVER – Ridesharing service Uber on Monday sent an email to customers saying the company is “committed to helping keep you safe” as a driver accused of shooting and killing a passenger in Denver awaits a decision on whether he’ll face a murder charge in the case.

Uber’s email details a number of safety-related changes the company has made in recent weeks, including beefed-up background checks for drivers and a new feature that allows riders to dial 911 from within the Uber app.

The email comes three days after Michael Hancock, 29, was arrested on investigation of first-degree murder in the death of his passenger, Hyun Kim, 45. Police said Hancock shot and killed Kim after an altercation on I-25 in the early hours of Friday morning.

Hancock was advised of the charge he is being investigated for -- first-degree murder -- in Denver District Court on Saturday.

Here’s what we know about the shooting as of Monday, June 4:

  • Shooting occurred on southbound I-25 near University Boulevard a little before 3 a.m. on Friday, June 1.
  • According to police documents, Hancock told a witness that Kim attacked him
  • Arriving officers located Kim on the floorboard of the front passenger seat and attempted CPR
  • Kim was pronounced dead at the hospital
  • Police located 10 spent 40-caliber cartridges along the interstate
  • Uber confirmed the incident appears to be associated with an in-app trip
  • Hancock had been an Uber driver for nearly three years but his access to the app has since been revoked
  • Uber’s policy prohibits drivers and riders from carrying firearms
  • Hancock has multiple past traffic infractions, including charges of driving under restraint and speeding from April 21 in Douglas County

Hancock’s next court date has not yet been scheduled.

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