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Arrests Made In Hit-And-Run Death Of NOPD Officer

Arrests Made In Hit-And-Run Death Of NOPD Officer

Police have arrested three suspects in the hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a New Orleans police officer.

Police booked 25-year-old Justin McKey with manslaughter and hit-and-run. Police say McKey was allegedly driving the 2013 Porsche Panamera that hit Officer Rodney Thomas on Sunday about 1 a.m.

Police also booked the reported owner of the car, 28-year-old Kenneth Halley, and the owner of the body shop where the damaged car was found, 34-year-old Bill Cager, with obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact to manslaughter.

Authorities allege that the car was taken to Cager's body shop on Gravier Street near NOPD headquarters within an hour of the crash.

Thomas was on his way home from work when he was involved in a minor accident on Interstate 10. He was struck has he got out of his car to check on the other driver.

McKey was released from jail Tuesday after posting a $50,000 bond. 

The NOPD says it has not ruled out making additional arrests in the case.

(With assistance from the Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

 

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