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Cops shoot, kill woman barricaded with boy in Baltimore standoff


Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 7:02 AM

Police in Baltimore fatally shot a 23-year-old woman who investigators said threatened to kill an officer while barricaded with a young boy inside an apartment Monday.

The child, 5, was wounded in the exchange of gunfire with Baltimore County police and the woman, identified as Korryn Gaines, but it’s unclear if he was shot by police or the woman, authorities said.

The boy suffered non-life threatening injuries with a bullet to a limb. A relative told the Baltimore Sun the child was Gaines’ son.

The standoff began at around 9:20 a.m. when three police officers in Randallstown knocked on the door intending to serve arrest warrants for a man inside the home and another for Gaines that was related to traffic violations from March.

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When nobody answered the door, police accessed the apartment with a key from the landlord.

Inside, officers found Gaines sitting on the floor pointing a firearm and saw a man fleeing with a 1-year-old child.

The man was apprehended and not immediately identified.

Korryn Gaines, 23, was shot and killed near Baltimore.

Korryn Gaines, 23, was shot and killed near Baltimore.


The officers stepped out of the apartment and called for backup, prompting an hours-long standoff that continued until around 3 p.m. when tactical officers confronted Gaines.

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“If you don’t leave, I’m going to kill you,” she allegedly told police.

An officer then opened fire and shot Gaines, who fired back. She was hit several times and pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were wounded.

It’s not known if the officers were wearing body cameras during the shooting, police said.

The shooting sparked outrage among Gaines’ friends and relatives who said videos linked to the shooting victim’s Facebook page apparently vanished from her profile.

A video taken of footage posted around 1 p.m. on Gaines’ profile later surfaced in a comment thread showing a young boy sitting on the floor with the caption, “My son is not a hostage.”


Authorities respond to the scene of an apartment in Randallstown, Md., where a woman was shot and killed.

(Maya Earls/AP)

“Who’s outside,” the woman asks in the footage.

The child then says the police are “trying to kill us.”

It’s unclear if Gaines is the woman speaking in the video or what caused the footage to disappear.

A Facebook page titled “Remembering Korryn Gaines” appeared early Tuesday.

With News Wire Services

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