Baltimore County Woman Killed in Police Standoff
A 23-year-old woman was killed and a 5-year-old child was wounded in a lengthy standoff with law enforcement at a suburban Baltimore apartment.
Baltimore County police say Korryn Gaines had barricaded herself inside the apartment, pointed a firearm at officers and threatened to kill them as they tried to negotiate with her as she held the boy, who was reportedly her son, in her arms.
At a news conference, Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said officers had come to the home Monday morning to serve arrest warrants on Gaines and a man who also lived there. The man was wanted on assault charges and Gaines was wanted on several charges related to a March incident and failure to appear in court.
Johnson said tactical personnel were called to the home and an hours-long negotiation began with Gaines. Around 3 p.m., Gaines repeatedly pointed a long gun at the officers, and told them if they didn’t leave, “she was going to kill them.”
An officer fired at Gaines and she shot several rounds back at them. The officers returned fire, killing her. The boy was also wounded in the exchange, but it is unclear where the boy was in the apartment at the time the shooting started and it has not been determined if he was shot by Gaines or police. He was hospitalized and was expected to survive his injury. Police told WBAL-TV that the man who lived in the apartment fled with a 1-year-old child but was arrested soon after.
The names of the officers involved were not released, per an agreement with the police union, but are expected to be released later this week.
Gaines’ relatives described her as “smart” and were shocked by the incident.
“I’m in a surreal state of mind right now,” her uncle Jermaine Barnett told The Baltimore Sun. “She was loved by everybody — I’m going to miss her and I love her.”