BALTIMORE, Md. (WDVM/WFXR) — Authorities announced on Thursday that a Baltimore police officer who was shot in an ambush-style attack last week has been taken off life support.

The Baltimore Police Department says word came in at approximately 1:35 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16. about a vehicle — which turned out to be a patrol vehicle — crashing in the 4400 block of Pennington Avenue.

The officer and mother of four, Keona Holley was reportedly ambushed and shot in her patrol car while working overtime. Holley was then rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

On Friday, Dec. 17, the department released a statement saying that two men — 31-year-old Elliot Knox and 32-year-old Travon Shaw — were arrested and charged in connection with Holley’s shooting.

In addition, Knox and Shaw are reportedly facing charges in a homicide investigation after a woman was shot in the 600 block of Lucia Avenue just two hours after Holley.

On Thursday, Dec. 23, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison announced Holley was removed from life support, saying her health had been deteriorating over the course of the week.

It is with heavy hearts that Commissioner Michael Harrison and the Baltimore Police Department announce that Officer Keona Holley has been removed from life-support. Her health has been deteriorating over the last couple of days and her family, in consultation with her doctors, has had to make the most difficult decision.

Since Officer Holley’s shooting, Dr. Thomas Scalea and the medical staff at the Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center have provided her with the best medical care in the world. The Baltimore Police Department thanks them for all of their efforts. However, it was Officer Holley’s valiant fight for her life, which has brought her this far. Her strength, courage and resilience are an inspiration to us all.

“Our prayers are with Officer Holley’s family and loved ones, co-workers and the entire community. I thank her and the entire BPD community for their commitment, service and sacrifice. We mourn Officer Holley’s death together and we will heal together,” said Commissioner Harrison.

“I offer my deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Keona Holley, a devoted public servant who worked selflessly to protect our community,” said Mayor Brandon Scott. “Baltimore will never forget Officer Holley’s sacrifice and commitment to making a difference in her beloved city. I ask that everyone please keep Officer Holley’s family in your prayers as they endure the holiday season without their mother, daughter, sister and loyal friend.”

Due to the tragic and traumatic events experienced by the BPD community over the last couple weeks, the department is extending the offer of any support and assistance officers may need. Free and confidential counseling services are available for all BPD employees. The BPD also continues to support Officer Holley’s family – as we do for all members of the force.

The Signal 13 foundation is providing assistance to the family in their time of need. Those who wish to provide financial support to Officer Holley’s family, may do so through the Signal 13 website at and click on the “Donate” button. Please designate your support for Officer Holley’s family, by writing “In support of Officer Holley” in the notes box or in the memo field of a written check.

The Signal 13 Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 established to support Baltimore Police and their families in times of need. Signal 13 provides financial hardship grants and college scholarships for the children of police personnel. All donations are tax deductible. Any donations received in the name of Officer Keona Holley will be used to support her family.

There will, of course, be ways that we can ensure that Officer Holley’s spirit and legacy live on in this Department and this City. Those conversations will be had with her family and colleagues after we get through this somber and difficult period. However, the best way to honor Officer Holley, is to continue her mission of making Baltimore a safer place for everyone.

Statement released on Dec. 23, 2021 by the Baltimore Police Department