BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Two men are being arrested in The shooting of Baltimore police officer Keona Holley, and they were suspected of committing a murder a few hours later, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said Friday.
Elliot Knox, 31, and Travon Shaw, 32, were charged with attempted murder in the shooting and the murder of Officer Holley in the shooting that killed Justin Johnson, who was killed early Thursday in Yale Heights, Harrison said.
“These incidents are a tragic reminder of the culture of violence that pervades Baltimore. Life is precious and sacred, but unfortunately, there are people who do not take it seriously,” the commissioner said. “BPD is committed to protecting the lives of people in our city. We will always work to bring justice to all victims of violence.”
Harrison said police recovered two firearms from a Baltimore County home in connection with the shootings, one of which was confirmed by ballistics tests to have been used in both incidents. judgment.
He said both men, who have multiple convictions in multiple jurisdictions, have admitted their roles in the shooting, but the motives are unclear at this point.
“We don’t know why they did this,” said the commissioner. “We have absolute confessions that they did it, they were there. We have no motive as to why. “
Following the recall of a vehicle of interest on Thursday, detectives tracked down a person of interest who was brought in for questioning, Harrison said, and police subsequently arrested a second person.
Officer Holley remains on life support in the intensive care unit at Shock Trauma, said Harrison, who described the officer’s condition as critical but stable.
Holley was sitting in her patrol car in Curtis Bay around 1:30 a.m. Thursday when someone opened fire on the vehicle, police said. Shot multiple times, Holley was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
About two hours later, police said, Johnson was shot at the 600 block of Lucia Avenue in the Yale Heights neighborhood. He is presumed dead at the scene.
“What we know now is that both shootings were related,” Harrison said.
Based on preliminary information, police believe the men know Johnson, Harrison said, but they don’t know if he knows them. It’s unclear if Holley knew them.
“We don’t believe it was random, but we also, at this point, are still investigating, don’t have an answer as to whether or not there were previous contacts,” he said. “That’s what’s being investigated.”
Knox and Shaw are being held at Central Booking, where they are awaiting court proceedings in both cases.
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