Will Smith shooting suspect told off-duty cop he was armed
NEW ORLEANS - A 911 recording played in court captures the suspect in the shooting of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith stating that he was carrying his weapon and Smith was unarmed when they got out of their cars to argue over a collision.
The recording includes a conversation between Cardell Hayes and an off-duty police officer, Christopher McGaw, who arrived on the scene after hearing the car crash and arguments. The rookie officer says he ducked for cover and didn't see the gunfire itself.
The rookie officer testified Friday that he kept the 911 line open as he talked with Hayes. He was on the stand as the recording - often difficult to understand - was played in court. McGaw testified that Hayes told him that when Smith saw his handgun, Smith said he had one as well.
Police have said that Smith's gun was inside his car and was not fired.