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No charges in Korryn Gaines death

Posted at 7:20 AM, Sep 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-21 18:08:05-04

No criminal charges will be filed against the officers involved in the Aug. 1 shooting death of Korryn Gaines, Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger announced Wednesday.

"This office has determined that the officer was justified in shooting Ms. Gaines and the state will take no further action on this case. Criminal charges are not warranted," the release from the state's attorney's office read. 

Shellenberger met with Gaines’ family and attorneys at 2 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the conclusion of the police investigation. 

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Gaines’ mother and Kareem K. Courtney, the father of Gaines’ 1-year-old child, are suing Baltimore County for $2 million and Officer Ruby, the officer who shot Gaines on Aug. 1, for $2 million.

In a heated press conference following Shellenberger's meeting with Gaines' family, lawyers for the family said she was murdered. 

"This death did not have to occur," lawyer J. Wyndal Gordon said. 

Gordon called Ruby "a rogue police officer" who was frustrated when Gaines didn't surrender. 

The attorney representing Gaines' 5-year-old son said the family "will continue to seek justice and an independent investigation." 

Shellengerber says Ruby was justified in pulling the trigger, charges are not warranted and the State will not take any further action.

"Certainly I believe that not only was the lead officer's life in danger at one point, the secondary officer's life was in danger at one point, but I also was very concerned about the child that was in the apartment," he said.  "We have an individual whose boyfriend has walked out of the apartment, and told us that she has mental health issues and she's not taking her meds, she made a statement during the standoff where she said we are prepared to die, the officers took that to mean that they were concerned she could have very easily hurt Kodi."

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