Subscribe to Breaking News emails

You have successfully subscribed to the Breaking News email.

Subscribe today to be the first to to know about breaking news and special reports.

Slain Saints Player Will Smith Had Dinner With Cop Sued by His Alleged Killer

by Elisha Fieldstadt /  / Updated 

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.

The suspect charged with fatally shooting New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith once sued a retired police officer who had dinner with Smith shortly before he was shot Saturday night, authorities said.

The officer, retired Capt. William Ceravolo, was not on the scene of the crash, and police are investigating whether Smith's dinner companion played a part in the motive for the shooting, but investigators "don't have any info that links the incidents at this time," New Orleans police spokesman Tyler A. Gamble told NBC News.

Cardell Hayes, 28, who was charged Sunday with killing Smith, settled the federal lawsuit in 2011 with New Orleans, Ceravolo and several other police officers after they shot and killed his father in 2005, Gamble said.

The six officers involved in the shooting of Hayes' father, Antonio Hayes, said he had lunged at them with a 3-inch-long knife, according to The Associated Press.

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.

Some time after Smith's dinner with Ceravolo and others, the football player's car was rear-ended by Hayes' Hummer, at which point police said the two exchanged words. Hayes' then shot Smith "multiple times," according to police.

Smith's wife was also shot in the leg during the altercation, but she survived and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Hayes, 28, was charged Sunday with second-degree murder and was ordered held on $1 million bond.

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.
MORE FROM news

Have feedback?

How likely are you to recommend nbcnews.com to a friend or colleague?

0 = Very unlikely
10 = Very likely
Please select answer

Is your feedback about:

Please select answer

Thank you!

Your feedback has been sent out. Please enjoy more of our content.

We appreciate your help making nbcnews.com a better place.