BALTIMORE (WJZ) — As word spread Thursday that Baltimore officer Keona Holley was taken off life support, so too did reactions from the community and its leadership, who offered condolences to the officer’s family, friends and colleagues.

The officer was ambushed early last Thursday morning while sitting in her marked patrol car in Curtis Bay, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said. Shot multiple times, the officer was taken to Shock Trauma in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. She was on life support for a week.

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The mother of four was working overtime when the shooting happened. She joined the force in 2019.

“Our hearts are broken over the devastating loss of one of our true heroes,” said Governor Larry Hogan.

“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.”

City Councilman Mark Conway, who chairs the public safety committee, said it is “unfathomable” to have to make the decision to take someone off of life support at this time of year.

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Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said she intends to prosecute the two men suspected in the ambush “to the fullest extent of the law.”

“I am heartbroken at the loss of Officer Keona Holley. As a mother, I extend my sincere condolences and prayers to Officer Holley’s four children and her extended family, as well as Commissioner Harrison and Officer Holley’s colleagues in the BPD,” Mosby said. “As the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, I intend to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law, those individuals responsible for this horrific incident. Violence is always unacceptable, especially when the target is those who are committed to protecting this city.”

The Baltimore Ravens extended their condolences Friday in a message recognizing Officer Holley as a dedicated servant of her community.

Police departments and organizations also offered their condolences.

 

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CBS Baltimore Staff