Three days after NOPD Officer Rodney Thomas was killed a memorial outside his Uptown office grows.
Uptown resident Andrew Grieshaber says, “I recognize him from playing basketball here. I’m here almost every day so I’ve seen his face around, but it really is a tragedy.”
The Second District is hurting yet police are not letting their emotions interfere with the investigation. Today detectives were still sifting through “Best of the Best” body shop in Mid-City. It’s where court records say the damaged Porsche Panamera that hit Officer Thomas was stashed and wiped down. Investigators say they found blood soaked towels in garbage cans hours after the crash.
Justin McKey, Kenneth Halley and body shop owner Bill Cager have been arrested in connection with Thomas’ death.
Tonight police say they need your help finding a fourth man who they say was also inside the body shop that morning.
Uptown resident Rosie Jean Adams says, “It just seems like such a senseless crime, not that any of them make sense, but this one seems extremely unfair.”
As details creep out loose ends continue to raise questions.
On Monday Police Chief Ronal Serpas warned about a “web of deception.” By Tuesday three arrests had been made, and by tonight Justin McKey, the 25-year-old who had been booked with Manslaughter and Hit and Run, has posted a $50,000 bond. He’s out of jail, but forced to wear an electronic monitoring device.
Halley and Cager both remain behind bars tonight each with a $100,000 bond.
Tonight, a City Hall spokesperson confirms the alleged driver, Justin McKey, is the son of City Hall employee Cheryl McKey, but did not offer any other comment on the case that becomes increasingly more complicated as the days go by.