Man accused of shooting officer faces first- and second-degree attempted murder

Sgt. McNeil remains in critical, stable condition

BALTIMORE - Gregg Thomas was out of jail for a little more than a year when police say he shot an off duty officer multiple times . Now, the 34-year-old faces first- and second-degree attempted murder and a handful of other charges.

Baltimore police said Thomas shot Sgt. Keith McNeill, who was sitting in his truck Friday night. Police noted that McNeill was doing chores. 

An arrest warrant released Monday showed witnesses pointed to Thomas as the shooter. Thomas turned himself in Sunday evening , less than an hour after police held a press conference warning him that they won't stop their search until he is found.

Thomas's mother and sister were also arrested Sunday night on outstanding drugs charges.

Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said Sunday that Thomas was released from jail early on a 2003 murder charge. He was released in January 2013. According to the Department of Corrections, Thomas faced a 30 year sentence, with 15 of them suspended. He was released in 2013 for good behavior after serving nearly 10 years. Thomas was required to serve the remaining five years under community supervision. The department said he was checked on at least once a month and says he's been compliant every time.

Sergeant McNeill remains at Shock Trauma Monday; his condition was downgraded from critical to stable Monday morning.

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