Man Accused of Shooting Baltimore City Cop Says He's Innocent, Surrenders

Gregg Thomas turned himself in to Baltimore City police.

Gregg Thomas, 34, turned himself in to Baltimore City police on March 16, 2014. (Screenshot from WJZ video)
Gregg Thomas, 34, turned himself in to Baltimore City police on March 16, 2014. (Screenshot from WJZ video)
The man accused of shooting a Baltimore City police officer turned himself in Sunday night, officials reported.

"I didn’t shoot nobody,” Gregg Thomas, 34, of Baltimore, told WJZ just before walking to the Baltimore City Police Department headquarters to surrender Sunday.

He was being held without bail Monday in connection with the shooting of a popular police sergeant, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Sgt. Keith McNeill, an off-duty Baltimore City officer, was shot multiple times Friday night in the 1900 block of Belair Road near the North Avenue intersection, police said.

McNeill was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he underwent surgery and was listed in critical but stable condition Sunday night, according to CBS DC.

After authorities identified Thomas as the suspect, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts dubbed him "public enemy number one" at a press conference Sunday evening, according to Fox 45.

Batts encouraged Thomas, who lives in the 800 block of Linwood Avenue in Baltimore, to turn himself in to a local police department, and said anyone who harbored him would be held accountable.

Police issued six search warrants in the manhunt over the weekend, and SWAT teams roped off part of West Baltimore's Edmondson Avenue to conduct raids in attempt to find Thomas, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Officials had not determined a motive for the shooting as of Sunday night, police said.

McNeill, a 19-year veteran with the department, was running errands around 7 p.m. Friday when he was shot multiple times in the torso while sitting in his pickup truck, now riddled with bullet holes, WBAL reported.

Batts described the sergeant as a "very courageous man, a very honorable man and a very popular employee and family man here within this police organization," according to The Baltimore Sun.

Police said Thomas was convicted of second-degree murder in 2003 and was released early, according to WBAL.

Now Thomas is charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, use of a firearm to commit a felony crime, reckless endangerment and having a handgun on his person, according to online court records.

A preliminary hearing in the case is slated for April 15 in Baltimore City District Court.

Related: Baltimore City Officer Shot Off Duty, in Critical Condition


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