Baltimore County Police Fatally Shoot 23-Year-Old Black Woman After Hourslong Standoff

Korryn Gaines
Shaun King via Twitter
Korryn Gaines
Shaun King via Twitter

Updated Tuesday, Aug. 2, 10:23 a.m. EDT: On Tuesday morning, BallerAlert posted a tweet, which the site reported showed two videos that Gaines took of the incident before she was killed. In one video, an officer in full SWAT gear appears to be seen standing in the corner looking at Gaines. In another, Gaines appears to be talking to the young boy, identified by some media organizations as her son, asking him what he would like to do.

"Who's outside?" Gaines asks the child.

"The police," the child responds.

"And what are they trying to do?" Gaines continues.

"They trying to kill us," the boy answers.



Baltimore County police officers fatally shot a woman Monday following what they say was an hourslong standoff during which the 23-year-old threatened to kill the officers while pointing a gun at them, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Authorities identified the woman as Korryn Gaines. A 5-year-old boy who was with Gaines at the time of the shooting also suffered a gunshot wound, police said, but he is expected to survive. According to the Sun, it is still not clear whether police or Gaines shot the child, and police have not yet confirmed the relationship between Gaines and the child.

The Sun reports that police also said that it is not yet known whether any of the officers involved in the shooting were wearing body cameras. According to the report, the Baltimore County Police Department had only just begun introducing body cameras in the last month, and only some officers have received the devices.


According to the report, the incident began around 9:20 a.m. Monday when several warrant-squad members and a uniformed police officer went to the home in Randallstown to serve arrest warrants on Gaines and a man who also lived at the home.

Police say the man ran from the home with a 1-year-old child in tow but was eventually caught by officers. His name has not yet been released.


Police "repeatedly knocked on the apartment door," and say they heard a man's voice and a woman's voice as well as that of a crying child, but say no one answered the summons after police identified themselves.

According to the Sun, Gaines was wanted for not appearing for cases related to a March incident in which she was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and several traffic violations.


On Monday, authorities say, police showing up to the apartment where Gaines was got a key from the landlord, opened the apartment door and saw Gaines seated on the floor. Police say that she had the 5-year-old boy in her arms and was holding a long gun, which, police say, she pointed at one of the officers.

Thus began an hourslong negotiation, police say.

"During that dialogue and conversation, she repeatedly pointed a long gun at the police officers," Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson told the Sun.


Several hours later, at around 3 p.m., Gaines pointed the long gun at police officers again and told them that if they didn't leave, "she was going to kill them," Johnson said.

That's when an officer fired once at Gaines, and she fired back several times, the police chief said. Officers fired again, killing the 23-year-old woman.


Gaines' uncle, Jerome Barnett, said his niece was "feisty, but she was smart and she was respectful."

"My niece is a good person; I never knew her to be a rowdy person," Barnett added.


Jerome Barnett's twin, Jermaine, added that Gaines was "a beautiful person, really smart, intellectual."

"I'm in a surreal state of mind right now," Jermaine Barnett said. "She was loved by everybody—I'm going to miss her and I love her."


According to the Sun, the police officers involved in the shooting have not been identified, per an agreement with the county police union. However, their names are expected to be released later this week.

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