A Baltimore police officer is on life support after being ambushed while sitting in her patrol car Thursday afternoon.
Officers responded to reports of a vehicle crash at around 1:30 a.m Thursday morning after finding an officer Keona Holley shot multiple times, FOX5 reported. Authorities said an unidentified suspect walked up to the on-duty officer and fired multiple shots into the marked vehicle.
“I couldn’t believe it happened to her. She is a good person,” a longtime friend of Holley’s Qiana Mark said after she visited the officer at the hospital. “I know we hear this all the time but literally she is a genuine good person without the uniform on or with the uniform on.” (RELATED: GRAPHIC VIDEO: Off-Duty Police Officer Kills Gunman In Baltimore)
Democratic Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott published a statement on Twitter, calling the attack “heinous” and the suspect a “coward.”
My statement on shooting of police officer, which occurred early this morning pic.twitter.com/AUSxjgoFyV
— Brandon M. Scott (@MayorBMScott) December 16, 2021
Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement that authorities have the full backing of Maryland State Police to assist in the investigation after the officer “was shot in a despicable, ambush-style attack.”
This morning, a Baltimore Police officer was shot in a despicable, ambush-style attack in South Baltimore.
We have offered the full resources of the Maryland State Police to assist in the investigation.
I ask all Marylanders to keep the officer in your prayers.
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) December 16, 2021
Hogan announced in mid-October a $150 million plan to “refund police,” saying at a news conference the “initiative will provide a desperately needed shot in the arm to our state and local police agencies.” The Maryland governor said the effort to defund police is “dangerous, radical, far-left lunacy.”