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Manhunt Underway After Suspect Named In City Police Officer Shooting

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City Police identify a suspect in connection with the shooting of an off-duty officer in East Baltimore.

Derek Valcourt has the latest developments.

The police commissioner called the shooting a “cowardly act” and zeroed in on a suspect–a man they warn should be considered armed and dangerous.

All eyes are now out for 34-year-old Gregg Thomas–a man with a violent past, including a conviction for second-degree murder.

An outraged Police Commissioner Anthony Batts called Thomas a suspect in Friday night’s shooting of police officer Keith Mcneill.

“Any person that harbors this person–any prostitute, any drug dealer, anybody on the street, family member–if you give him a place to rest his head, you give him a car, you give him a ride, we are going to hold you accountable,” the commissioner said.

Sergeant Mcneill was off-duty running some personal errands when someone opened fire Friday night, shooting him multiple times in the chest in East Baltimore along Belair Road.

Right now, investigators don’t have a motive.

Mcneill was rushed to Shock Trauma, where he underwent several surgeries and remains in critical condition. The police commissioner says Sergeant Mcneill is alert.

“I shared with him that I was going to take care of his family, his wife, his son and the rest of his family. He nodded,” Batts said. “And I also told him that we’re committed to bringing this person to justice, and again, he nodded.”

Throughout the day, police and SWAT teams executed warrants in neighborhoods throughout the city as they searched for leads in the case.

The focus now turns to the hunt for Gregg Thomas.

“Every resource in this police department is not going to rest until we bring this person into custody,” Batts said.

Police are spreading flyers with Gregg Thomas’ photo, warning he should be considered armed and dangerous. There is a warrant out for his arrest.

Anyone with information on Thomas’ location is urged to call Baltimore City Police at 410-396-2100.

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