Baltimore County police officers shot and killed an armed black woman and injured her 5-year-old son after an hours-long negotiation at Carriage Hill Apartments at Randallstown, Maryland.
The 23-year-old woman, identified as Korryn Gaines, was pronounced dead at the scene and her son suffered a non life-threatening gunshot wound to his extremities.
Baltimore police officers went to Gaines’ apartment at 9:20 a.m. Monday to serve arrest warrants for her and an unidentified man living with her.
According to Maryland court records, Gaines was stopped earlier this year by the police and charged with several traffic violations and resisting/interfering with arrest and disturbing the peace, all of which are misdemeanors. In July, she failed to appear in court and a warrant for her arrest was issued. Gaines previously had no major criminal records.
When the officers received no answer from inside Gaines’ apartment, they obtained a key from the landlord and entered. That’s when they noticed Gaines’s sitting inside with a shotgun pointed at them.
After six hours of negotiation, the police opened fire at Gaines, after they said she threatened to kill them if they didn’t leave.
In response, Gaines shot back, although none of the bullets hit the mark. The officers then released a series of gunshots that killed her.
Those who knew Gaines said the threat was very out of character for her and stated she had previously posted videos claiming she was being harassed by police:
They been following and harassing Korryn since May. I've watched every video of the harassment you not gonna tell me she wasn't targeted— Shaunie Easton ♌️ (@iAmShav) August 1, 2016
Y'all been harassing her since May yo y'all couldn't wait to kill my bitch smfh— JusticeForKORRYN (@__ForeverStr8) August 2, 2016
The police have been quite tight lipped about several facts in the incident.
Police Chief Jim Johnson said at a press conference that several “warrant squad members” and a uniformed officer was sent to Gaines’ house but did not give the exact number of officers serving the warrant. They have also been suspiciously mum about who shot the 5-year-old toddler accompanying Gaines.
Incidentally, not a single officer involved in the shooting wore a body camera, despite the fact the Baltimore County Police Department started phasing in their first body cameras in early July.
Friends and family of Gaines said during the six-hour altercation, she had been posting multiple videos about the incident on her social media. However, just after she was shot, Gaines’ social media account, including a Facebook page and Instagram account, were mysteriously deleted.
Some have also accused the police of removing the videos.
Where are the bodycams? She prob got everything on video & the cops deleted her social media acts to cover their dirty tracks. #KorrynGaines— DevastatedPrinceFan (@Mickysplace) August 2, 2016
They killed her & deleted all her social media accounts her Facebook and her Instagram she had videos of them b**ches . #KorrynGaines 😭😢..— Derk Brown (@DreadHead_46) August 2, 2016
However, one of the videos that Gaines recorded has been found by social media users. In it, she is asking her little son if he knew what the police meant to do with them. The little boy’s reply is shocking: “They’re trying to kill us.”
Meanwhile, the involved officers in the shooting have not been named as the investigation is still ongoing.
Baltimore’s local community will stage a vigil for Gaines on Friday night at Baltimore City College as they mourn the death of the 14th person killed by Baltimore County police since 2013.