Baltimore County police chief: Woman shot, killed by police threatened to kill officers

Police sought deactivation of social media
Posted at 12:25 PM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 06:20:32-04

The woman shot and killed by Baltimore County Police Monday afternoon threatened to kill officers, then fired gunshots at them, according to the county's police chief.

Police Chief Jim Johnson said officers initially went to the apartment on Sulky Court in Randallstown to serve warrants on Korryn Gaines, 23, and her boyfriend Kareem Kiean Courtney, 39. Gaines was the subject of a warrant for failing to appear in court on a traffic violation; Courtney was wanted for allegedly assaulting Gaines.

Police said Courtney left the house with a child, and was taken into custody. 

"There were times we thought this would come to a peaceful resolution," Johnson said.

Instead, Gaines was shot multiple times by police after a six-hour standoff.

Johnson said Gaines shot at them and officers fired back. None of the officers were wearing body cameras.

Another child, a five-year-old boy identified by family as Gaines' son, was inside the house with Gaines and was also shot. He is being treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital for a gunshot wound to his elbow and is in good condition, Baltimore County Police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said.

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Johnson said it is unclear if the child was hit by the officers' rounds, Gaines' rounds or shrapnel.

The chief said Gaines was also posting updates to her Facebook and Instagram accounts as the barricade was unfolding, and was being encouraged not to back down by her followers.

Johnson said the department reached out to Facebook to deactivate the accounts because of the sensitivity of the negotiations. No video has been deleted, as those are pieces of evidence, he said.

"For hours, we pleaded with her to end this peacefully. We were concerned about the safety of the child," Johnson said.

According to a police report provided by Baltimore County Police, Gaines was pulled over in March for not having a license plate on her car.

The report states a piece of cardboard in the car had the words Free Traveler written on it, and a rear piece of cardboard read, "Any government official who compromises this pursuit of happiness and right to travel will be held criminally responsible and fined, as this is a natural right and freedom."

Police said they didn't know if Gaines belonged to any specific anti-government associations, despite apparently holding anti-government views.

The car's registration was found to be suspended for emissions violations and Gaines also did not have car insurance.

When the officer issued citations and a "must appear" form, Gaines threw them out the window.

The report states Gaines, who had her children with her, had to be physically removed from her car. During the scuffle, her finger was cut and she asked for a medic, who transported her to Northwest Hospital, the report states.

The children were released to their grandmother.

According to online court records, Gaines was supposed to appear in court on those charges July 13, but did not.


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