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Jul 7, 2013 5:04 PM by AP

New Orleans police officer killed in hit-and-run

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An off-duty New Orleans police officer killed by a hit-and-run driver is being remembered as an exemplary officer who was liked and respected by his co-workers and by the people he served.

Meanwhile, the Crimestoppers organization is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the case.

Officer Rodney Thomas had been involved in a minor accident about 1 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 10. Police said he had gotten out of his car to check on the other driver when he was struck.

Police were searching for a late model white Porsche Panamera. They say the car involved would likely have damage to its right front side.

Thomas was 52. The married father of two had been a New Orleans police officer since 2005.

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