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BPD officer in grave condition after ambush-style attack in Curtis Bay identified

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BPD officer suffers life threatening injuries in ambush-style attack in Curtis Bay
Posted at 6:23 AM, Dec 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-17 08:21:37-05

CURTIS BAY, Md. — A Baltimore Police Officer is on full life support after being shot on-duty in South Baltimore.

It happened around 1:35 a.m. Thursday, in the 4400 block of Pennington Avenue.

Around that time, other officers received reports of a vehicle crash in the same area.

It was soon discovered that one of their fellow patrol officers had been shot and crashed their cruiser.

The officer, identified as Keona Holley, was rushed to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma, where she is in grave condition. Holley has been with the agency for two-years.

In a morning press conference, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the gunman walked up behind Holley's marked patrol car and shot her. She reportedly hit the gas in an attempt to get away, but ended up crashing.

“This was a cowardly, brazen act to walk up and open fire on a police officer who was doing what we asked that officer to do – to go out to protect and serve,” said Harrison. “Our prayers are with the officer’s family. We are determined to find those responsible for this heinous crime and will not rest until we do.”

A combined $118,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the shooter's arrest.

During an evening update with the press, Harrison said a vehicle of interest had been recovered, and that detectives were interviewing multiple individuals.

"Whoever committed this heinous act is a coward who must be brought to justice for our officer, the officer's family, and our city," said Mayor Brandon Scott. "I have no doubt that our detectives will find those responsible, but we need anyone with information to come forward and share it with us now. No family should be dealing with this pain, especially during the holidays. As a city, we owe it to this officer to quickly bring those responsible to justice."