NEWORLEANS - After police located a car believed to be involved in a hit and run that took the life of a New Orleans Police Department officer, multiple people, including the suspected driver, were arrested in relation to the early Sunday morning incident.
According to court records, Officer Rodney Thomas was in his uniform and wearing a reflective vest directing traffic after an accident on the highrise. When Thomas saw a white Porsche Panamera driving at a high-rate of speed, he attempted to flag down the vehicle. The Porsche struck Thomas' truck, before hitting the officer and continuing with him on the hood of the car. After Thomas fell off the vehicle's hood, the vehicle sped away.
On Monday, a car matching the description of the car that hit Thomas was discovered in a body shop around the block from NOPD Headquarters. It was then towed out of the Best of the Best Auto Shop in Mid-City.
Around 3:30 p.m. Monday, Justin McKey, 25, went to the NOPD Traffic Division with his attorney, according to court records. McKey told police that he was driving the Porsche, but added that it was dark and he didn't see Thomas.
Between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Tuesday, police arrested McKey and two others.
McKey, 25, was arrested for hit and run causing death or serious injury and manslaughter. His bond was set at $50,000.
The auto shop owner, Bill Cager, 34, was booked with obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact to manslaughter.
Kenneth Halley, 28, who had been questioned as a person of interest on Monday, was arrested for obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact to manslaughter.He has an extensive criminal record that includes arrests for second degree murder and heroin distribution.
Several other people were questioned and more than 100 Crimestoppers tips were called in.
NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said they expected to make multiple arrests in the case.
'We now have reason to believe that not only the driver may have been involved in subsequent behavior after the killing of Officer Thomas. We will continue to investigate that,' Serpas said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111. A possible reward was increased to $15,000 after Mayor Mitch Landrieu donated $10,000 from his campaign fund to Crimetopppers.