Suspect identified in shooting of Baltimore police officer

UPDATE: Gregg Thomas is now a suspect in the shooting of a Baltimore police officer. Police have issued a warrant for his arrest.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts stood before members of the media Saturday night with a stern look on his face. He wanted it to be clear that the person or persons responsible for the shooting of a police sergeant would be brought to justice.

Batts admitted that some of several raids that took place Saturday were connected to the officer's shooting. He also released the name of a person of interest: Gregg Thomas.

Thomas, police say, is 34 years old, weighs about 160 pounds, stands about 6-feet tall and is to be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on Thomas' whereabouts is asked to contact the Baltimore Police Department at 410-396-2100.

While Batts was unable to release any believed motive in the case, an incident in which the officer was shot off duty on what Batts described as "personal business," the police commissioner did make it clear that anyone caught helping Thomas elude police would also be held accountable.

According to Batts, doctors are "cautiously optimistic" in regards to the sergeant's chances of recovery. The police commissioner said he was able to speak to the officer he recently promoted and the sergeant was able to nod his head in response.

"We haven't backed off. We haven't slowed down, and we will not," Batts said.

The officer involved was identified by Batts as Sgt. Keith McNeill, a 19-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department. Batts said McNeill's name was not released initially out of concern for his safety and the safety of his family. 

Sgt. McNeill was shot multiple times in the upper body Friday night in the 1900 block of Bel Air Road.

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