Suspect Turns Himself in to Montgomery County Police

Nicholas Omar Banks, 33, is described as a black male, 5' 11" tall and weighing 170 pounds. Officers say that Banks has a longer beard and longer hair than in the picture above. (Courtesy of Montgomery County police)
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By Dan Morse
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, February 27, 2009; 12:06 PM

A 33-year-old man who Montgomery County police say tried to run over one of their officers last night -- prompting the officer to shoot at him -- turned himself in at an area hospital this morning.

The suspect, identified as Nicholas Omar Banks, remained under the watch of police at Fort Washington Medical Center. Authorities didn't specify his injuries this morning, but they said family members helped convince him to surrender after an intense manhunt that included helicopters, police dogs and dozens of officers.

The officer involved in the incident last night, identified as seven-year police veteran Kevin Reese, was scheduled to undergo surgery today for a leg injury, a police spokesman said. The department described his injuries as serious but not life-threatening.

The incident began about 8:18 p.m., when the department's Police Community Action Team stopped the car, occupied by three men, on Castle Boulevard near Castle Ridge Circle in the Briggs Chaney area of Silver Spring.

"Officers were speaking with the driver, a 59-year-old Silver Spring man outside of the car, when the front-seat passenger positioned himself behind the wheel of the car and started to drive away," police said in a statement this morning.

As the officer tried to control the driver and the car, the suspect continued to driving, striking him, police said. The officer shot at him, but the suspect was able to drive away, according to police. They said they found the abandoned car a short distance away.

Police interviewed the other two occupants. They were released and not charged as of this morning.

But detectives obtained the following charges against Banks: attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, attempted manslaughter, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and second-degree assault against a law enforcement officer.

Last night, police searched Banks's home on Castle Boulevard, where they found bloody clothing, leading them to believe Banks might have been injured in the incident, according to police.

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