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Family of Korryn Gaines to sue Baltimore County, officer who shot her

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Posted at 5:29 PM, Sep 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-13 06:26:59-04

The family of Korryn Gaines, the woman shot to death following an hours-long standoff with Baltimore County Police, plans to sue Baltimore County and the officer who shot her.

Lawyers for Gaines’ estate sent Baltimore County a notice of intent to file a claim for wrongful death Monday. They plan to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the lawsuit.

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

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Ruby, a member of the Support Operations Division with 16 years with the department, shot Gaines following the standoff that Gaines posted in real time to her social media feeds. Police had gone to her apartment to serve arrest warrants on her and her boyfriend.

“Officer Ruby acted with extreme malice and a callous disregard for the constitutional right to life and without any justification for his actions,” the lawyer J. Wyndal Gordon wrote.

He pointed out discrepancies between eyewitness accounts and what the police told the media, and said Ruby eventually shot Gaines because he was tired of waiting for her to come out of her Randallstown apartment.

“Officer Ruby did not act reasonably in his decision to shoot and kill Korryn,” Gordon wrote.  

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