NOPD searches for new person of interest, vehicle in officer’s hit-and-run death

New Orleans police are searching for a person of interest and a second car in relation to the hit-and-run death of Officer Rodney Thomas.

The car is believed to be a white, four-door 2004 to 2006 Toyota Camry. It has a rear spoiler, no markings and was last seen at the Best of the Best auto body shop the morning of July 7, according to police spokeswoman Remi Braden.

Thomas was struck and killed early that morning as he tried to direct traffic away from an accident in which he was involved on eastbound Interstate 10 near the high rise.

The body shop in the 2600 block of Gravier Street is where police found the Porsche Panamera that they believe hit Thomas.

The man in the photo is thought to be the last person to drive the Toyota and who might have information about Thomas’ death, Braden said. Police did not provide a description or any other information about the person of interest.

Police have made three arrests in the case and continue to search for two other people of interest.

Justin McKey, 25, allegedly confessed to driving the car when it hit Thomas. He was booked with manslaughter and hit and run causing death or serious injury. He was released on a $50,000 bond.

Kenneth Halley, 28, is being held on $100,000 bond on charges of obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact to manslaughter.

Police allege he and 34-year-old Bill Cager, who also was arrested on the charges, tried to cover up evidence in the case of Thomas’ death.

Cager was released on at $100,000 bond.

Anyone with information about the person of interest or Toyota Camry is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.