Police say Uber driver shot and killed passenger
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Police in Denver, Colo., say a driver for the ride-sharing company Uber shot and killed a passenger early Friday morning. 

The two men reportedly got into a conflict while inside the vehicle, culminating in the driver's fatal shooting of the unnamed passenger. Police are treating the case as a homicide, Fox 31 Denver reported

Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said the passenger was taken immediately to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. 


"We do know this person was an Uber driver. We’re going to determine if he was actually on a ride when this happened. We’re going to determine what the relationship was between what appears to be a passenger and a driver prior to this particular ride," Jackson said, according to local reports.

The police called for witnesses to come forward.

The shooter was also reported to have been hospitalized after suffering a medical emergency at the scene of the crash, but was later released. 

No one has been taken into police custody, but police are questioning the driver, according to the spokesman. 

Police would not speculate as to the exact sequence of events that took place inside the vehicle, which crashed on a bridge headed toward the University of Denver at around 2:45 a.m. 

"We are all deeply troubled by the events in Denver today," an Uber spokesperson said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with the families of those involved, and we will continue working closely with police."

--Updated at 1:12 p.m.