Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot to death in New Orleans’s Lower Garden District on Saturday night, following a traffic collision, the city’s Coroner’s Office has confirmed to ABC sister network ESPN.
A police report says Smith’s Mercedes G63 SUV was rear-ended by a Hummer H2 while driving with his wife. The driver of the Hummer and Smith “exchanged words at which time the driver of the Hummer produced a handgun” and shot Smith “multiple times and his 34-year-old wife twice in the right leg.”
Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife was transported to a local hospital.
The driver of the Hummer is in police custody and is being interviewed by police. The gun was recovered, police said.
Police have not yet released the identity of the driver.
Saints head coach Sean Payton called Smith’s death “senseless.”
Smith was drafted by the Saints in 2004 and spent all nine of his seasons with the team, including winning Super Bowl XLIV with New Orleans. He last played in 2012.