Three arrested in connection to hit-and-run crash that killed NOPD officer

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 12:30pm

Three people have been arrested in connection to the hit-and-run crash that killed an off-duty NOPD office. We’re told more arrests are possible.

“At this time, detectives continue to collect information,” a press release noted. “It’s a complex case, so we’re not rushing to release information that could be inaccurate.”

So far police announced that Justin McKey, 25, Kenneth Halley, 28, and Bill Cager, 34, are facing charges.

McKey is believed to be the driver of the white Porsche that hit Officer Rodney Thomas on Sunday, July 7. The crash happened at roughly 1:00 a.m. on I-10 near the High Rise. He is charged with Hit-and-Run and Manslaughter.

Detectives located the vehicle on Monday, July 8 at a body shop located roughly one block from the NOPD headquarters. Cager, the body shop owner, is charged with Obstruction of Justice and Accessory After the Fact to Manslaughter. Halley, whose involvement was not listed, is facing the same charges.

“Investigators have many people to talk to, and continue to work around the clock,” the release concluded.

Officer Thomas began working with the New Orleans Police Department in 2005. He is survived by his wife and two children.

“Rodney was a well-liked, hard-working and dedicated police officer,” Superintendant Ronal Serpas, NOPD, said. “He sincerely cared about the people he worked with, as well as the countless people he interacted with in this district. I’m sure I speak for the entire Second District when I say Rodney Thomas was our dear friend, and he will be sorely missed.”


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