HALETHORPE, Md. (WJZ) — A 25-year-old Baltimore city police officer, Joseph Banks Jr., has died after an apparent overdose inside a motel room.

Courtesy: Baltimore Police Department.

Baltimore County Police are investigating after the officer’s girlfriend called county police Thursday night. She said her boyfriend was unconscious.

The 24-year-old woman told police they were using drugs throughout the day at a motel in the 4400 block of Washington Boulevard in Halethorpe.

Her boyfriend used the last of the drugs around 11 p.m.. She then noticed he was struggling to breathe.

She told police she contacted a friend to get Narcan. Once she got the Narcan, she wasn’t able to administer it.

She called police around 3:10 a.m. Friday.

When medics arrived they were unable to resuscitate the man.

Monday night, a neighbor said Banks followed in his dad’s footsteps- who is also an officer.

“They were a very close-knit family, you know,” said David Johns. “I feel devastated. I know they feel devastated, I mean, I knew Joe, I knew little JOe he was a great kid, he was a great guy,”

At the motel off Washington Boulevard, some people had no idea an officer died there.

“It’s bad news yes, of course. It’s bad news for anybody to go through that,” A patron said.

According to the police report, the officer was under the influence of both alcohol and drugs.

Heroin and opioids were found on the scene.

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  1. Bucky Barkingham says:

    WMAR reports that this 25 year old officer joined the cops in 2012, that would make him 19 back then. Seems young to join the cops. Also does BPD not drug test it’s officers?