Police used cameras, license plate readers to connect two men to shoot Baltimore police officer Keona Holley and kill people – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Police used cameras and license plate readers to connect two men, 31-year-old Elliot Knox and 32-year-old Travon Shaw, to the shooting of Baltimore police officer Keona Holley and a murder.

“What we have is a number of cameras – personal home cameras – along with license plate readers – that put the puzzle together and both of them will lead us to a vehicle. When we found the vehicle, we found someone of interest,” said Commissioner Michael Harrison.

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But police have yet to determine a motive.

“We don’t know why they did this. We have absolute confessions that they did this. They were there,” Harrison said.

Officer Holley was ambushed while inside her patrol car in the 4400 block of Pennington Avenue. The shooting happened at 1:35 a.m. Thursday while Holley was on a volunteer shift.

Police said the suspects then drove 11 kilometers away to the 600 block of Lucia Avenue, where they were involved in the deadly shooting of 27-year-old Justin Johnson.

Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby said: “To every victim affected by these horrific acts of violence, we will demand justice on their behalf.

Police said they recovered two weapons used in the shootings inside a home in Baltimore County. Both are not registered to the suspects.

Both suspects have long criminal histories: Knox for armed robbery in Baltimore County at the age of 16. Shaw was released from prison pending trial next year on a felony gun possession charge.

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Both were brought to Central Booking Friday.

“You can’t think that our police officers should be targets for you. No one should be the target,” said Mayor Brandon Scott.

The city of Baltimore has had to deal with raging violence, including multiple shootings on Friday.

“There are people in our city who don’t care about the police. They don’t care about going to jail. They don’t care about losing their lives. They’ll say they’d rather be judged by 12 than by 6,” the mayor said.

Officer Holley remained in Traumatic Shock Friday night with life support and in a critical but stable condition, Harrison said.

“Please understand my sister, she is yin to my yang – all I ever knew. She is another part of me. And I refuse to give up on that. For anyone. Especially a city that doesn’t appreciate her,” Holley’s sister said at a news conference outside the hospital on Thursday.

When Police Holley was a department intern in 2020, she spoke to Business Insider about a story about reforms in the Baltimore police force. “I feel like officers have a bad name and we have to change that,” she said at the time.

“Our crime level is too high. The community needs Baltimore City police officers who aren’t here to pay their bills. They’re here because they care,” Holley said of why she joined the BPD.

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Her sister said becoming an officer in Baltimore was a lifelong dream for Holley. “My sister has devoted herself to this work. She left early. She stayed late. She has spent countless hours away from her children serving her community in the Southern District. ” Police used cameras, license plate readers to connect two men to shoot Baltimore police officer Keona Holley and kill people – CBS Baltimore


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