Bullet only missed the victim’s heart by two inches

Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the AGGRAVATED ASSAULT INDICTMENT, by a Fulton County Grand Jury, of former Atlanta Police Sergeant, 52-year-old MATHIEU CADEAU.

On February 25, 2017, Noel Hall and his family traveled to Atlanta in a small passenger van, from their home in North Carolina, to watch his son participate in a motocross event at the Georgia Dome. Just before 10:30pm, the event ended. Hall, his wife, their two sons, his grandson, and another passenger left in their van. As Hall and his family traveled along Northside Drive outside the Georgia Dome, they encountered former Atlanta Police Sergeant Mathieu Cadeau, who was working off-duty directing traffic. Hall was attempting to turn onto Ivan Allen Boulevard to retrieve the same motocross bike his son rode during the Georgia Dome event, but Cadeau would not allow him to make the turn.

After Cadeau’s refusal to allow Hall to make the turn, a brief discussion ensued between Hall and Cadeau. Hall frustrated by Cadeau’s actions decided to make the turn anyway in an attempt to retrieve the motorbike. Cadeau, in response, brandished his service weapon and fired one close-range shot at Hall into the van. The bullet struck Hall in the back of the arm, traveled through his bicep, into his side before exiting through the middle of his chest. The bullet then traveled through the passenger side window and almost struck Mrs. Hall who was seated in the passenger seat. The bullet only missed Noel Hall’s heart by two inches. Hall survived and fortunately, none of the other five people who were in the van were injured. In addition to the near-fatal injury to Hall and the bullet almost striking his wife, the shooting placed several other bystanders leaving the motocross event in jeopardy of injury. The Atlanta Police Department fired Cadeau on Thursday, May 18, 2017, and he was officially indicted by a Fulton County Grand Jury on October 10, 2018.

Cadeau faces (4) counts as part of this indictment, including:  

  • AGGRAVATED ASSAULT—SHOOTING AT (1)
  • VIOLATION OF OATH BY PUBLIC OFFICER (2)
  • RECKLESS CONDUCT (1)