A standoff between Baltimore County Police and a 23-year-old woman Monday left her dead and her 5-year-old son with gunshot injuries.
Police say they went to the Randallstown, Md., home to serve several arrest warrants on Korryn Shandawn Gaines and a man who lived in the apartment. He was wanted for assault, and Gaines was wanted for failing to appear on cases related to a March incident of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, and “numerous other traffic charges,” police said.
Police said they knocked on the door and repeatedly announced themselves, but no one answered. Police said the man fled the apartment with a 1-year-old child but was quickly caught. After obtaining a key from the landlord, police opened the door and saw Gaines inside. NBC News reports Gaines barricaded herself in the apartment with the 5-year-old boy and threatened the officers with a long gun.
Gaines reportedly pointed the weapon at police while holding the child in her arms. After hours of negotiating, police say Gaines pointed the gun and threatened to kill an officer. That’s when police shot at her once. She reportedly fired back, resulting in police opening fire again. Gaines was struck and killed.
The boy was wounded in the exchange and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
“We are of course extremely upset at an event like this,” police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said at a press conference.
“We do not like to be in a position of having to use lethal force, but this was a situation where our officers exercised patience for hours and hours,” she added.
A search of the Maryland judiciary system indicates Gaines had no extensive criminal record, just traffic-related cases.
The New York Daily News’ Shaun King reports Gaines’ friends said she regularly documented incidences of police violence and that her Facebook videos were deleted before she was killed.
A video emerged before the shooting that appears to show Gaines asking her son who is at the door and what are they trying to do. The boy replies “the police” and “kill us.”
Another video reportedly shows police at Gaines’ door.
The videos were copied and posted by Twitter user “sachibub10.”
As expected, there’s been a firestorm on social media.
The Gaines case comes less than a week after the remaining charges against the officers involved in Freddie Gray’s death were dropped. Gray was severely wounded while in police custody in 2015. He died seven days later of a spinal injury.
The cops involved in the Gaines shooting will be put on administrative leave as this case is investigated.
A vigil for Gaines is set for Friday night.