The two men were arrested in connection with an ambush-style attack Baltimore police officer They worked a night shift last week and were charged with shooting a second person, a murder victim, shortly after they allegedly tried to murder the police officer.
Elliot Knox, 31, and Travon Shaw, 32, are both charged with the attempted murder of Officer Keonna Holley – and the murder of 38-year-old Justin Johnson. Johnson was shot dead on the 600 block on Lucia Avenue, about 10 miles from Holley’s robbery.
When the arrests were announced on Friday, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the murder occurred while investigators were still working on the Holley shooting scene.
The officer was shot and wounded at 1:35 a.m. on Thursday morning in the 4400 block of Pennington Ave.
Travon Shaw, 32, (left) and Elliot Knox, 31 (right) are both charged with the attempted murder of Officer Holley and the murder of Justin Johnson.
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Harrison said Holley was shot dead at her designated post while she was in her vehicle while on a night shift in the crime area of Curtis Bay. According to the investigators, the shooter approached from behind and shot into the parked vehicle, which then accelerated and collided.
“What we now know is that both of the shootings are linked, since we now know that the perpetrators of Office Holley’s shooting exited that scene, went to Lucia Avenue, and then committed the murder of Justice Johnson,” Harrison said . “Our thoughts and prayers from his family, with whom we also spoke.”
Two weapons were seized that were believed to have been used in both incidents, he said.
“This week’s heinous incidents were another tragic reminder of the culture of violence that pervades Baltimore,” Harrison said Friday. “As I said last night, those who commit these violent, brazen and cowardly acts in our city will be held accountable.
Harrison thanked local, state, and federal partners who helped with the investigation and said he had received a call from US Attorney General Merrick Garland who “is using all available resources to help us,” and congratulated the team on the speed Completion of the case.
“At this moment, I cannot stress enough how angry and discouraged we all are that we continue to have people in our community who want to commit acts of violence, particularly against law enforcement,” Baltimore City Prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby said on Friday. “It is unacceptable and we will not tolerate it … We will have no tolerance of those who try to use violence and murder to resolve their complaints, and the criminals who do so will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Holley was admitted to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Thomas Scalea of the shock trauma department said in an update on Thursday evening that Holley was “seriously ill”, had undergone “surgical therapy” and was staying in the intensive care unit with life-threatening injuries “with life-sustaining measures”.
“The person who did this to my sister, you are a coward,” Officer Holley’s older sister Lawanda Sykes said at a press conference outside the hospital Thursday night. “You tried to suffocate her and take something you can’t. She is stronger than you will ever be. ”
Holley, who has been on duty for two years, is the mother of two daughters who stood next to her aunt at Thursday’s press conference.
“Keona Holley is my little sister. I have to know and understand this town before it became a police officer, it is a mother. She is a daughter. She is a sister. She’s a woman, ”continued the policeman’s sister. “She took this job, she took this responsibility. It was a lifelong goal of my sister to serve in the Baltimore City Police Department. My sister was dedicated to this job. She came in early. She stayed later. She spent countless hours without her children to serve the church in the southern district. ”