Off-duty NOPD officer killed by hit-and-run driver; $5,000 reward for arrest

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Monday, July 8, 2013 - 8:30am

An off-duty police officer was killed over the weekend after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver. Officials say the officer got out of his car after he was involved in a separate crash.

The Fraternal Order of Police for New Orleans identified the off-duty officer as Rodney Thomas, 52. He has worked for NOPD since March 2005.

“Rodney was a well-liked, hard-working and dedicated police officer,” said NOPD Supt. Ronal Serpas. “He sincerely cared about the people he worked with, as well as the countless people he interacted with in this district. He was the type of officer to circle back after meeting people and assisting them with a problem just to check in with them again to make sure they were OK. I’m sure I speak for the entire Second District when I say Rodney Thomas was our dear friend, and he will be sorely missed.”

According to reports, Thomas was driving on I-10 at the highrise when he was involved in a crash. He stepped out of his vehicle to check on the other driver. When he got out of his car, he was struck by a car.

The driver fled the scene. Witnesses say the vehicle was moving erratically before the crash. It is described as a 2011 or 2012 white Porsche Panamera. It should have extensive front-end damage, including a missing light kit and sideview mirror.

Thomas was rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

If you know anything regarding the identity of the driver who caused the crash, call Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest. In addition, a $1,000 reward is being offered for the recovery of the vehicle.


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