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Three arrested in fatal hit and run of NOPD officer

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From left:: Bill Cager, Justin McKey and Kenneth Halley From left:: Bill Cager, Justin McKey and Kenneth Halley

New Orleans, La. - Police have arrested three men in connection with a fatal hit-and-run incident that claimed the life of an off-duty NOPD officer early Sunday morning.

An NOPD spokesperson says officers arrested 25-year-old Justin McKey. He is charged with manslaughter and hit and run causing serious injury or death.

According to court records, McKey turned himself in Monday afternoon, telling investigators he was the one driving the car "in and out and it was dark and he didn't see him."

Information filed during McKey's first appearance Tuesday says Officer Rodney Thomas got into an accident with a stalled vehicle on his way home from work.  The officer, in full uniform and reflective vest, got out of the car to check on the other driver and direct traffic.

Witnesses told investigators they saw a white Porsche Panamera speeding and driving erratically.  Court records say Thomas tried to flag the Porsche down, but the car kept going, first hitting Thomas's truck and then the officer.

Records say the car kept going with Thomas on the hood, then left the scene as the officer fell to the ground.

"Officer Thomas was killed and run over like something that nobody cared about," says Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

Also arrested is 28-year-old Kenneth Halley. He is booked with obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact to manslaughter.  

The third man in custody is 34-year-old Bill Cager. He is booked with obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact to manslaughter. Cager owns the body shop where police later found the Porsche.

Serpas calls it a "web of deception" and says more arrests are possible.

Anyone that has information that can help detectives in this case is urged to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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