2 Arrested in shooting and separate murder case of Baltimore Police Officer Keona Holley – CBS Baltimore
BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Two men are under arrest in the shooting of Baltimore Police Officer Keona Holley, and they are suspected of murdering hours later, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said on Friday.
Elliot Knox, 31, and Travon Shaw, 32, are charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Constable Holley and murder in the shooting death of Justin Johnson, who was killed early Thursday in Yale Heights, a Harrison said.
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âThese incidents are tragic reminders of the culture of violence that permeates Baltimore. Life is precious and sacred, but unfortunately there are those who do not respect it, âsaid the Commissioner. âBPD is committed to preserving the lives of everyone in our city. We will always work to bring justice to all victims of violence.
Harrison said police recovered two guns from a Baltimore County home that are linked to the shootings, one of which was confirmed by ballistic tests to have been used in both cases.
He said the two, who have numerous criminal records spanning multiple jurisdictions, admitted their role in the shootings, but the motive remains unclear at this point.
“We don’t know why they did this,” the commissioner said. âWe have an absolute confession that they did, they were there. We have no reason to know why.
After recovering a vehicle of interest on Thursday, detectives located a person of interest, who was brought in for questioning, Harrison said, and police then arrested a second person of interest.
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Officer Holley remains on life support in Shock Trauma’s intensive care unit, said Harrison, who described the officer’s condition as critical but stable.
Holley was sitting in her cruiser in Curtis Bay around 1:30 a.m. Thursday when someone opened fire on the vehicle, police said. Shot multiple times, Holley was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
About two hours later, police said, Johnson was gunned down in Block 600 of Lucia Avenue in the Yale Heights neighborhood. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
âWhat we know now is that the two shootings are linked,â Harrison said.
Based on preliminary information, police believe the men knew Johnson, Harrison said, but they are not sure if he did know them. It is not known if Holley knew them.
“We do not think that it is random, but we also do not have at this stage, still at the beginning of the investigation, the answer as to know whether or not there are previous contacts”, he said. -he declares. “This is what is under investigation.”
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Knox and Shaw are in custody at Central Booking awaiting legal proceedings in both cases.