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Two charged in connection to ambush-style attack that left BPD officer on life support

Posted at 2:50 PM, Dec 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-17 18:48:38-05

BALTIMORE — Detectives believe they have found those responsible for ambushing a Baltimore Police officer on Thursday.

Commissioner Michael Harrison said Friday that charges have been filed against 31-year-old Elliot Knox and Travon Shaw, 32, who are accused of shooting officer Keona Holley, as she sat in her patrol car on Pennington Avenue.

The shooting left Holley on life support at Shock Trauma.

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After wounding Holley police say Knox and Shaw headed to the 600 block of Lucia Avenue, where they allegedly shot and killed Justin Johnson.

“These incidents are tragic reminders of the culture of violence that pervades Baltimore. Life is precious and sacred, but unfortunately, there are those who have no regard for it,” said Harrison.

A car seen on surveillance fleeing the area where Holley had been shot, was later recovered and linked to Knox.

Police ultimately recovered two guns, one of which was used in both shootings.

Knox and Shaw each have extensive criminal histories, according to Harrison.

Elliot Knox and  Travon Shaw
(L to R) Elliot Knox and Travon Shaw

Detectives are still working on a motive in both cases.

“The cowards responsible for the attack on Officer Keona Holley are in custody thanks to the diligent detective work of the Baltimore Police Department and support from other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. No family should have to endure this type of heartache over the holidays," said Mayor Brandon Scott.