Korryn Gaines Killed By Baltimore County Police, 5-Year-Old Injured In Gunfire
A Maryland woman being served with arrest warrants was shot and killed Monday after Baltimore County police said she pointed a gun at officers and threatened to kill them. Police identified the woman as 23-year-old Korryn Gaines, who died during an hours long standoff with officers. A 5-year-old boy was also shot and taken to a local hospital with non life threatening injuries, and is expected to survive.
Authorities have not said whether officers or Gaines shot the boy. According to Gaines’ uncle, the boy is her son.
According to a press conference detailing the shooting, it all occurred yesterday morning when officers went to Gaines' apartment to serve her arrest warrants. Gaines was wanted for failure to appear relating to charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and several traffic violations from March of this year. After identifying themselves and repeatedly knocking on the door the officers received a key from the landlord and opened the door, where they found Gaines sitting on the floor and pointing a shotgun in the direction of the officers. She was also holding the 5-year-old in her arms.
An hours long negotiation then began between Gaines and the officers. At around 3 pm EST, Gaines pointed the gun at officers and told them that if they didn't leave "she was going to kill them," said Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson during the conference.
An officer then fired at Gaines and she shot back several rounds; the police then fired again, killing her. According to a report by the International Business Times, it's unknown if the officers involved were wearing body cameras or not, because the program just launched last month in the department.
The Independent also reported that Gaines had posted videos of the standoff on social media that have since been deleted. However, some of the videos have appeared on a Twitter account unrelated to Gaines, with the user explaining that he found them by searching Gaines' name on Facebook and recording the videos that were posted in the comments.
As you'll see in one of the videos the social media page has the name "Korryn Gaines" listed on it, which appears to be a Facebook account.
We'll continue to update on this story as more information is revealed.