BALTIMORE, MD – According to reports, two suspects have been arrested in the ambush-style shooting that left a Baltimore Police officer seriously injured, with authorities stating that the two arrested were also involved in a fatal shooting that occurred shortly after the ambush of the officer.
We at Red Voice Media previously reported on the December 16th shooting that put Baltimore Police Officer Keona Holley on life support, with authorities later providing an update that the officer’s condition is now considered critical but stable.
As noted in our prior coverage, Officer Holley was shot while inside of her patrol vehicle at approximately 1:30 a.m. within the 4400-block of Pennington Avenue. Investigators working the scene believe that the gunfire that struck the officer came from the rear of the vehicle.
During a December 17th news conference regarding the investigation, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison announced the arrest of two suspects believed to be responsible for the shooting, identified as 31-year-old Elliot Knox and 32-year-old Travon Shaw.
Both Knox and Shaw are facing attempted murder charges for the shooting of Officer Holley as well as murder charges for the fatal shooting of a man identified as Justin Johnson.
Apparently, while investigators were actively processing the scene where Officer Holley was shot on December 16th, the fatal shooting of Johnson occurred at a residence not far from the scene.
Commissioner Harrison said that both suspects in custody have confessed to both crimes, but the motive behind both shootings is not yet known.
“What we now know is that both shootings are related. As we now know the perpetrators of Officer Holly’s shooting, they then left that scene, went to Lucia Avenue and then committed that homicide of Justin Johnson.”
Two firearms were recovered during the course of the investigations, with Commissioner Harrison saying at least “one of which has been confirmed to have been used in both incidents.”
State Attorney Marilyn Mosby vowed during the press conference that her office “will get justice” for Officer Holley and Johnson.
“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. 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.”