The Baltimore County police officer who fatally shot a 23-year-old mother after an hourslong standoff was involved in another fatal shooting in 2007, the Associated Press reports.
According to the newswire, the Baltimore County Police Department released a statement Thursday identifying the officer by his last name, Ruby. Ruby is a 16-year veteran with the force.
Baltimore police spokeswoman Elise Armacost identified Ruby as one of the officers involved in the 2007 fatal shooting of 24-year-old Adam Benjamin Rothstein after he pointed a pellet gun at officers.
According to Armacost, officers were responding to a call about a suicidal man who told the dispatcher that he had guns, knives, pepper spay and a Taser. Police confronted Rothstein, who said he was going to start shooting if he didn't get what he wanted by 3:39 a.m., AP notes. At that designated time, Rothstein pointed what turned out to be a BB gun at two officers, both of whom fired.
Armacost told AP that the 2007 shooting was determined to be justified after investigations and reviews.
Gaines was killed Aug. 1 after she reportedly pointed a shotgun at officers attempting to serve an arrest warrant at her apartment in the Randallstown community of Baltimore County. Her 5-year-old son was with her at the time of the encounter and was injured in the shooting.
Read more at the Associated Press.