BALTIMORE – A Baltimore City police officer died of a drug overdose early Friday, Baltimore County police said.
Joseph Banks Jr. was off duty and at a motel in the 4400 block of Washington Boulevard in Halethorpe, according to a police report.
Baltimore County officers responded to a reported overdose, reported WBAL. Upon arrival, his girlfriend told police he was unconscious. Moreover, she told officers they each had been using drugs throughout the day.
At 11 p.m. Thursday, she told police, Banks used the last of the unspecified narcotics and made noises indicating he was having trouble breathing. As a result, she called a friend to get the overdose reversal medication Naloxone—Narcan. However, she was unable to administer it, and called police at 3:10 a.m.
Consequently, responding medics attempted CPR but were unable to revive Banks.
An autopsy will determine his exact cause of death. Police continue to investigate the drug overdose incident to determine if additional people may be held accountable for violations of law.
According to Baltimore City police, Banks was assigned to juvenile booking. He was 25 years old.