Final suspect in Officer Thomas hit-and-run case surrenders

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Posted on August 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 23 at 3:34 PM

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NEW ORLEANS - The man who was on the run in connection with the death of New Orleans Officer Rodney Thomas has surrendered to police, according to the police department.

John Chambers turned himself into the Central Lock-Up Friday, according to Remi Braden, a spokesperson for the NOPD. Chambers was one of the six indicted in connection with Thomas' death.

Officer Thomas was killed in a hit-and-run accident in July on I-10 on the High-rise.

Within days of the accident, police tracked down the car that hit the officer at a body shop not far from Police Headquarters.

At the time, three people were arrested, and now a total of six people have been formally indicted in the case.

Kenneth Halley faces the most charges. He was indicted on manslaughter, obstruction of justice, and two counts of conspiracy. He is currently behind bars on a $1.6 million bond.

Bond was set at $1 million for Justin McKey, who faces a manslaughter charge. Police say he was the man driving the car that hit Officer Thomas.

Bill Cager, Nephateria Jones, and James Ratliff all face multiple charges including obstruction of justice, and accessory after the fact to manslaughter.

Chambers faces accessory and obstruction of justice charges.

 

 

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