Marion ‘Suge’ Knight has been arrested for murder in connection to a “fatal traffic incident” the Los Angeles County Sheriff has confirmed.
He is being held in West Hollywood on bail of $2m (£1.3m).
The record producer had earlier surrendered to police after he was declared a suspect in a hit-and-run where one man died.
Another man was injured and although he is currently in hospital, his condition is not yet known.
Around 3pm (2300 GMT) on Thursday, a man fitting Knight’s description drove to a burger shop and began rowing with two people, said Lt John Corina of the LA County Sheriff’s Department.
The driver then backed into one of the victims, before running them both over.
The Death Row Records founder is said to have left the scene in a red Ford pickup truck, the police said.
Knight, 49, was involved in an earlier fight with the pair at a different location, Corina added.
One of the victims died in hospital, according to the Sheriff’s Department statement – while the condition of the second victim, who was also taken to the hospital, has yet to be confirmed.