Baltimore suspects in ‘ambush-style’ assault on cop allegedly shot and killed second sufferer

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.
(Baltimore Police Department)

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. ”

Ambush-style assaults concentrating on police greater than double over the previous yr

FORT MYERS, Florida – The National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) reports that ambush attacks on officers have increased 103% year over year (2020).

The latest report from the FOP says there have been 75 ambush attacks on officials in the past year.

Of these attacks, 93 officers were shot dead and 21 killed.

The FOP says that an ambush style attack is defined as any time an officer is shot without warning or defense.

Fox 4 spoke to Lt. Jason Pate of the Fort Myers Police Department (FMPD), whose job it is to train officers in all situations, including ambush attacks.

“Every call we make has the potential to be ambushed,” said Godfather.

Godfather says preparing for the unpredictable requires unique training.

“We always try to introduce a scenario in which there is something that surprises the officer, that something unusual happens to the officer. It could be to sit down, eat while you (officer) are on duty, during weapons training and then a threat comes up and you have to react, ”said Godfather.

Godfather says that not every workout involves a reaction in self-defense.

He says sometimes it’s about showing officers how to relate to the people they serve.

“They see us as a uniform, the blue as a badge, they don’t see us as people. And if they see us as human a little more often and we can build a personal connection, someone could change their mind, recognize us and say, I knew this officer and he treated me fairly, “said Godfather.

It’s a lesson he gives every officer and one he says will only take a few minutes.

Early morning ‘ambush-style’ assaults reported in Jacksonville

In the attacks, the victims were forcibly grabbed from behind.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office urges residents to be extra careful after receiving reports of a break-in and attempted sexual battery near Dunn Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard on the northside of Jacksonville.

In one of the incidents, the suspect entered an apartment through an unsecured window and attempted to sexually beat the victim before leaving the area.

JSO said investigators had also identified a number of ambush-style attacks on women in and around the 11,000 block of Biscayne Boulevard.

During these incidents, a young man reportedly hid in dark areas around buildings and surrounding bushes.

He then allegedly approached single victims and forcibly grabbed them from behind. Each of the women involved in these incidents fended off the attacker and he ran away, the police said. No material injuries or other criminal activity were reported as a result of these incidents.

The police do not know whether the reported sexual attempts and the series of attacks are related.

JSO is said to be sharing this information to “ensure the public is aware of the concern and reminding the community to always be aware of those around them”.

Police are urging local residents to use outdoor lighting to minimize dimly lit areas and avoid distractions such as cell phones when driving to and from the area.

In addition, they urge residents to ensure that their doors are locked and windows are secured.

JSO’s Special Assault Unit is investigating these incidents.

The police ask anyone with information about these crimes or suspected of being in the area to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 or email

To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward of up to $ 3,000, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.