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Cop Directing Traffic Opens Fire on Innocent Family in Van, Shooting the Dad

Atlanta, GA — A North Carolina family narrowly escaped with their lives when an off-duty Atlanta police supervisor opened fire at their vehicle while directing traffic — because they made a wrong turn.

Forty-six-year-old Noel Hall, his wife, sons, grandson, and another passenger were leaving a motocross event at the Georgia Dome, where, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation told 11Alive Sergeant Mathieu Cadeau “was conducting traffic and ordered Hall to go one direction down Northside Drive, but reportedly, Hall wanted to go another direction. The GBI, which has taken over the investigation, said Hall then drove toward the officer, at which point Cadeau opened fire, injuring Hall.”

Hall disputes GBI’s claims he drove at Cadeau, saying “at no point did we realize this man was a police officer.”

“First thing we want to make very clear is, that at no point did we realize this man was a police officer, he never presented hisself [sic] in any such way,” Hall wrote in a statement on the inexplicable shooting. “Yes, he had a vest on, however, from our point of view there was nothing on it to indicate or state who he was, he never identified himself, we did not see a badge and most certainly did not see his weapon. We were already in the turn lane and in the process of turning when he approached us by walking in front of our van, we did not drive toward him as been stated.”

Hall continued, “We came to a complete stop and at the point when we did start moving, we made a turn to the right, around and away from the officer. It is unclear to us as of why he chose to shoot, as we had already moved past him, when he fired at us, but it was absolutely unjustified.”

Further, even the Atlanta Police Department remains skeptical, reiterating Wednesday their office has never claimed Hall targeted Cadeau with the van.

Initial reports said Hall drove toward the supervisor, who “was wearing his uniform and reflective vest,” after being directed to a different route. Cadeau then opened fire without warning, hitting and injuring Hall — who then drove several blocks until a family member on board managed to reach emergency services.

Hall’s injuries weren’t serious, but the shaken up family has grave concerns about Cadeau’s indiscriminate and gratuitous firing of a deadly weapon into their Ford F350 van — particularly with the number of children inside. He stated,

“We are very fortunate and thankful that I (Noel) did not sustain any life threatening injuries from the gunshot wound, as we are also very fortunate and thankful that none of the other family members were hit. The officer shot at me through the drivers window, the bullet entering and exiting me twice, then through and out the passenger window, just missing my wife’s head, who was seated in the passenger seat by only inches. Also in the van were 2 of our sons, one sons girlfriend and our 2 year old grandson, so it could have very easily went through the passenger area of the van, hitting any of them.”

Considering Cadeau fired on the van while directing overflow traffic from a popular event, bystanders on foot and in other vehicles were also fortunate to be spared.

Notably, neither the Atlanta Police Department nor the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have accused Hall of accelerating toward the supervisor or targeting him maliciously with the vehicle — simply that he began driving toward Cadeau.

Indeed, Atlanta police haven’t indicated the supervisor cop felt threatened during the incident, at all.

Hall lamented the allegations he drove toward Cadeau, asserting never, at any point, “would I have done anything to put them in harms way, just as I would never had intentionally made a move to cause harm or possibly take another’s life.”

GBI is now handling the investigation into why an officer in a supervisory position on the job fired his service weapon into a family vehicle when the driver didn’t opt for the officially-sanctioned route — but didn’t put anyone in danger.

  • Mike Menlo

    Hey – does anyone know how to block tftp ?

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      Yeah… just don’t come here!

    • dave

      yes, why?

    • John Jacobs

      It seems like YOU NEED it most of all !!!!!!!

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    • Brandon Swords

      If you support terrorist cops you should leave America, you imbecilic coward.

  • David Hall

    What an insane fucking coward cop. These POS thugs are out of their minds. Trigger happy MF’s.

  • Abz B Zbas

    Traffic duty is where they send their bad cops, so this guy probably already had a history.

  • Jamie Hammer

    And they can’t figure out why people are doing the same shit back! Nuts on both sides of this fence.

  • RS Louis

    What I can’t understand is where are all the 2nd amendment people,and all the government is getting outta control people.Slowly we allow the police to take and hold your property and money,kill you for no reason, arrest you just because and now I here it may be considered a hate crime if you assault an officer.So if cops are allowed to take your property if they believe it may be illegally obtained that property can be cash as well then that means if your armed they can take your gun along with your cash,car ect..

    We are paying for body cams but the can still lie and kill while on camera and get away with it So why the he’ll are we paying for cameras and are they as exspensive as they say they are?.For all we know they are getting cheap gear and pocketing the extra money.

    • Uncle Arty

      You’ve been conditioned since birth to tune those voices out. That doesn’t mean they’re silent,

    • Blaine

      Most 2A people are in favor of having more police shooting folks, not fewer. They trust the officer’s judgement more than any other factor, unless the offense was for carrying or transporting a firearm. Spend some time over on Glocktalk and see which way the wind is blowing.

      Since most (not all) are far Right Wing, they tend to side with authoritarian governments as long as they are not Socialist. They tend to stress the fact our Govt is a republic to the point of being dismissive of democracy, which they view as mob rule.

      These are very general statements, I am pro 2A in many respects and am pretty far from right wing. But the more vocal and extreme in their interpretation of the 2ND tend to all speak a common code that leaves one to believe as long as their guns are not in jeopardy, they aren’t going to intervene against LE.

      Look across South America and see which side the right wing falls in with – hint, it isn’t the systemically impoverished, oppressed, repressed, marginalized, indigenous, etc etc.

  • LawrenceNeal

    “why an officer in a supervisory position on the job fired his service weapon into a family vehicle” Because the SA are a gang of low IQ thugs that hide behind their badges, carry their ‘manhood’ in holsters, and are always looking for an opportunity to unholster their ‘manhood’, wave it at people, and shoot something, anything, anyone.

  • doucyet

    New rule – cops must get laid every day before their shift so they will be less likely to use their weapon to get off………..win win.

  • WildaxxNxxxa

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  • Doug Haner

    Try to run me over and I’d probably shoot. He said she said at this point. But it seems to me like the entitled douche bag was told he couldn’t turn the way he wanted. He got pissy and tried to threaten his “oppressor” with a four ton vehicle and ended up getting shot for it.

    • Ronpaul1960

      Even the department themselves is not doing the state dick sucking you are.

    • Ronpaul1960

      Sure, he drove at the cop, that’s why he was shot through the side window LOLLLL,

    • Boba Vette

      “Try to run me over and I’d probably shoot” Good for you! Glad to know that, too bad that has literally NOTHING to do with the cop shooting at the SIDE of the effing van…SMFH

  • Tmoney

    Atlanta needs a reform on shooting at moving vehicles. Last year an officer was indicted for murdering Deravis Caine Rogers. It’s pretty obvious something needs to be done at this police department to prevent innocent people from being killed by these cowboys.

  • John Chabak

    Lock the shitbum up, throw away the key. Attempted murder, nothing less for this psycho.