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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

NOPD Makes Three Arrests in the Death of Officer Rodney Thomas

July 09, 2013

Detectives have arrested 25-year-old Justin McKey, 28-year-old Kenneth Halley, and 34-year-old Bill Cager in connection with the fatal hit-and-run of Officer Rodney Thomas. 

Officer Thomas was involved in a minor traffic accident on the I-10 eastbound near the High Rise Sunday morning at about 1am.  He subsequently got out of his car and walked to the other vehicle involved to see if anyone was hurt.  While out of his car, Thomas was struck by another vehicle, which left the scene. EMS arrived shortly after and Thomas was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Justin McKey was booked with Hit and Run and Manslaughter.

Kenneth Halley was booked with Obstruction of Justice and Accessory After the Fact to Manslaughter.

Bill Cager (body shop owner) was booked with Obstruction of Justice and Accessory After the Fact to Manslaughter.

Detectives continue to work around the clock as they collect additional information and conduct more interviews.  Detectives have not ruled out that more arrests are possible in this case. 

Justin McKey has 2 misdemeanor arrests and 1 traffic arrest.  His arrests include Criminal Damage to Property, Criminal Trespassing, and Reckless Operation.

Kenneth Halley is currently wanted for a traffic attachment and has been flagged as a possible career criminal.  He has 14 felony arrests, 3 felony convictions, 17 misdemeanor arrests, and 1 city arrest.  Past arrests include Second Degree Murder, Felon with a Firearm (2 times), Possession of Heroin (multiple times), Resist/Obstruct an Officer, Domestic Violence Prohibited, Unauthorized use of a Moveable, Theft, Possession of Stolen Auto, Misrepresentation of Name/Age/Address, Disturbing the Peace, Forgery, Battery, Criminal Trespass, traffic violations, attachments, and warrants.

Bill Cager has an outstanding Municipal attachment and was previously arrested for Possession of Marijuana, Altering or Removing a VIN, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Disturbing the Peace, Trespassing, warrants, and traffic violations.    

If anyone knows anything about the accident, please immediately call NOPD or CrimeStoppers at 504-822-1111.

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Officer Hilal Williams

 
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Last updated: 7/9/2013 2:44:36 PM

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