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Two suspects charged in shooting of Baltimore police officer

Two suspects in the Thursday shooting of a Baltimore police officer who was sitting in her patrol vehicle are in custody, police said.

The duo — Elliiot Knox and Travon Shaw — was charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Officer Keona Holley, as well as with murder for shooting 27-year-old Justin Johnson nearby, the Baltimore Police Department announced Friday.

The gunmen approached Holley — now in critical but stable condition, according to CNN — from behind around 1:30 a.m. Thursday and opened fire, hitting her multiple times, police said.

She was shot twice in the head, once in the leg and once in the hand, according to documents obtained by the Baltimore Sun.

Both alleged shooters had criminal histories, according to a report.

Officer Keona Holley, who was shot twice in the head, once in the leg and once in the hand, is in critical but stable condition.

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Shaw, 32, was awaiting trial in Baltimore County for a March 2020 arrest for being a felon in possession of a firearm, The Sun reported, citing courts records. He reportedly had a previous conviction for armed robbery and assault from a 2006 case.

Knox, 31, was convicted of three armed robberies in 2006, when he was 16 and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Travon Shaw.

Travon Shaw reportedly had a previous conviction for armed robbery and assault from a 2006 case.

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Elliot Knox.

Elliot Knox was convicted of three armed robberies in 2006.

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Investigators found weapons allegedly used in the pair of shootings, the police department said.

“What we now know is that both shootings are related,” Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said during a news conference. “As we now know the perpetrators of Officer Holley’s shooting, they then left that scene, went to Lucia Avenue and then committed that homicide of Justin Johnson.”

“These incidents are tragic reminds of the culture of violence that pervades Baltimore. Life is precious and sacred but unfortunately there are those who have no regard for it,” Harrison said in a statement, blasting the “cowards responsible” for the shooting.

“No family should have to endure this type of heartache over the holidays, so please keep Officer Holley’s family and the entire community in your prayers.”

State Attorney for Baltimore Marilyn Mosby pledged to prosecute the suspects “to the fullest extent of the law.”

“We will have zero tolerance for those who seek to use violence and murder to settle their grievances. And the criminals that do will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” she said, according to CNN.”

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The State Attorney for Baltimore pledged to prosecute the suspects in Holley’s shooting “to the fullest extent of the law.”

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As officer Holley continues to fight and fight for her life, we vow to her, her family, her colleagues, this community that we will get justice on her behalf — for every victim that has been affected by these heinous acts of violence, we will get justice on their behalf.”

Holley, 39, was working an overtime shift in the Curtis Bay neighborhood when she was shot, according to the Baltimore Sun.

On Saturday, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea on Twitter expressed his support for the wounded Baltimore cop.

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23 Dec 2021

 

Updated 6:04 PM, Dec 23, 2021

BALTIMORE — After deteriorating health and a fight for her life, Holley's family as well as medical officials made a difficult decision.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and the Baltimore Police Department announce that Officer Keona Holley has been removed from life-support.

 

“Our prayers are with Officer Holley’s family and loved ones, co-workers and the entire community. I thank her and the entire BPD community for their commitment, service and sacrifice. We mourn Officer Holley’s death together and we will heal together,” said Commissioner Harrison.

The department is extending the offer of any support and assistance officers who may need it as free and confidential counseling services are available for all BPD employees. The BPD also continues to support Officer Holley’s family.

“I offer my deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Keona Holley, a devoted public servant who worked selflessly to protect our community,” said Mayor Brandon Scott. “Baltimore will never forget Officer Holley’s sacrifice and commitment to making a difference in her beloved city. I ask that everyone please keep Officer Holley’s family in your prayers as they endure the holiday season without their mother, daughter, sister and loyal friend.”

The Signal 13 foundation is providing assistance to the family in their time of need. Those who wish to provide financial support to Officer Holley’s family, may do so through the Signal 13 website at signal13foundation.org. You can designate your support for Officer Holley’s family, by writing “In support of Officer Holley” in the notes box or in the memo field of a written check.

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Police Commissioner Harrison provides update on Officer Holley’s condition
 
23 December 2021
 
Baltimore, MD (23 December 2021) – It is with heavy hearts that Commissioner Michael Harrison and the Baltimore Police Department announce that Officer Keona Holley has been removed from life-support. Her health has been deteriorating over the last couple of days and her family, in consultation with her doctors, has had to make the most difficult decision. Since Officer Holley’s shooting, Dr. Thomas Scalea and the medical staff at the Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center have provided her with the best medical care in the world. The Baltimore Police Department thanks them for all of their efforts. However, it was Officer Holley’s valiant fight for her life, which has brought her this far. Her strength, courage and resilience are an inspiration to us all.
 
“Our prayers are with Officer Holley’s family and loved ones, co-workers and the entire community. I thank her and the entire BPD community for their commitment, service and sacrifice. We mourn Officer Holley’s death together and we will heal together,” said Commissioner Harrison.
 
“I offer my deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Keona Holley, a devoted public servant who worked selflessly to protect our community,” said Mayor Brandon Scott. “Baltimore will never forget Officer Holley’s sacrifice and commitment to making a difference in her beloved city. I ask that everyone please keep Officer Holley’s family in your prayers as they endure the holiday season without their mother, daughter, sister and loyal friend.”
 
Due to the tragic and traumatic events experienced by the BPD community over the last couple weeks, the department is extending the offer of any support and assistance officers may need. Free and confidential counseling services are available for all BPD employees. The BPD also continues to support Officer Holley’s family – as we do for all members of the force.
The Signal 13 foundation is providing assistance to the family in their time of need. Those who wish to provide financial support to Officer Holley’s family, may do so through the Signal 13 website at signal13foundation.org and click on the “Donate” button. Please designate your support for Officer Holley’s family, by writing “In support of Officer Holley” in the notes box or in the memo field of a written check.
The Signal 13 Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 established to support Baltimore Police and their families in times of need. Signal 13 provides financial hardship grants and college scholarships for the children of police personnel. All donations are tax deductible. Any donations received in the name of Officer Keona Holley will be used to support her family.
 
There will, of course, be ways that we can ensure that Officer Holley’s spirit and legacy live on in this Department and this City. Those conversations will be had with her family and colleagues after we get through this somber and difficult period. However, the best way to honor Officer Holley, is to continue her mission of making Baltimore a safer place for everyone.
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Family of fallen Officer Keona Holley has a Christmas Eve message on crime
24 Dec 2021

On this Christmas Eve, the family of Baltimore police Officer Keona Holley is mourning, and they're speaking out.

Although it's the time of year to be with the ones you love, for her family - and the police department - this holiday will be about planning a funeral.

Officer Holley was pulled off life support Thursday, a week after she was ambushed in a shooting in Curtis Bay.

But Holley's sister, Lawanda Sykes, and mother, Karen Eaddy, say on this night before Christmas there's still joy, peace, and a reason to be part of the season.

"I wish everybody a Merry Christmas. I mean, it's still merry to me because I have my grandkids," said Eaddy. "I may not have my child but I have my grandkids. So, I have to lift myself up and lift them up to have Christmas without their mom."

Holley, who joined the Baltimore police force two years ago, was a 39-year-old mother with four children, the youngest a 10-year-son.

Holley's sister says they intend to have a joyful holiday but admits, amid the upbeat spirit, the pain and tears remain.

"The tears, they will never go away; they will always be there. But those tears also hold memories. They hold laughter, they hold joy. They hold her life, her essence, her spirit," said Sykes.

Police say Holley was shot several times while sitting in her police car early that morning December 16 in south Baltimore. She was shot in the head while working an overtime shift.

Holley had been on life support at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center until Thursday, when her family made the difficult decision to remove her from life support, two days before Christmas.

"That, I don't think we're ready to talk about. Too soon for that," said Sykes.

But Sykes is talking about the seemingly-out-of-control gun violence that's happening across the city, and the violent crime that cost her sister her life. Her plea now: Stop the violence.

"Something has to be done about it. Whether it comes from our politicians or police department, whatever, no matter what. But, the message has to go to the person who's picking up the gun," said Sykes.

Police have arrested and charged two men in the shooting, Elliott Knox and Travon Shaw. They're the same men, police say, who shot and killed Justin Johnson 90 minutes after shooting Holley.

And on this night before Christmas, one sister has a message to her sister's suspected killers.

"Everybody does not have or was given the love that my sister had, and maybe that was missing from them. The only hope that I can find is as that they find forgiveness in God," said Sykes.

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