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Two men charged in shooting of two Baltimore police officers

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Two men charged in shooting of two Baltimore police officers

Two suspects in the Thursday shooting of two Baltimore police officers have been arrested, police confirmed.

Elliiot Knox and Travon Shaw have been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of 39-year-old Officer Keona Holley, as well as the murder of 27-year-old Justin Johnson nearby, the Baltimore Police Department announced on Friday.

Officer Keona Holley and Officer Justin Johnson

The two gunmen approached Officer Keona Holley — now in critical but thankfully in a stable condition, according to CNN — from behind around 1:30 a.m. Thursday and opened fire, hitting her multiple times, police said.

She was shot twice in the head, once in the leg and once in the hand, according to documents obtained by the Baltimore Sun.

Both shooters had criminal histories, according to a report.

Travon Shaw, 32, was awaiting trial in Baltimore County for an arrest in March 2020 for being a felon in possession of a firearm, The Sun reported, citing courts records. He has a previous conviction for armed robbery and assault from a case in 2006.

Elliot Knox, 31, has been convicted of three armed robberies in 2006 when he was 16, and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The police department said investigators found the weapons used in the pair of shootings.

“What we now know is that both shootings are related,” Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said during a news conference. “As we now know the perpetrators of Officer Holley’s shooting, they then left that scene, went to Lucia Avenue and then committed that homicide of Justin Johnson.”

“These incidents are tragic reminds of the culture of violence that pervades Baltimore. Life is precious and sacred but unfortunately there are those who have no regard for it,” Harrison said in a statement, blasting the “cowards responsible” for the shooting.

“No family should have to endure this type of heartache over the holidays, so please keep Officer Holley’s family and the entire community in your prayers.”

State Attorney for Baltimore Marilyn Mosby pledged to prosecute the suspects “to the fullest extent of the law.”

“We will have zero tolerance for those who seek to use violence and murder to settle their grievances. And the criminals that do will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” she said, according to CNN.

As officer Holley continues to fight and fight for her life, we vow to her, her family, her colleagues, this community that we will get justice on her behalf — for every victim that has been affected by these heinous acts of violence, we will get justice on their behalf.”

Holley, 39, was working an overtime shift in the Curtis Bay neighborhood when she was shot, according to the Baltimore Sun.

On Saturday, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea on Twitter expressed his support for the wounded Baltimore officer.

27-year-old Justin Johnson was shot in Yale Heights 90 minutes after Officer Keona Holley. He leaves behind 4 children.

Ballistics linked gun to the fatal shooting of Justin Johnson, 27 who was also sitting in his vehicle when he was fatally shot 90 minutes later and 11 miles away.

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