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Mother: Woman Slain by Cops Ignored Pleas

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A suburban Baltimore woman who was killed in a standoff with police ignored pleas from her boyfriend to turn herself in, according to her mother.

Korryn Gaines, 23, was shot to death in a gunfire exchange with Baltimore County police at her apartment in Randallstown, Md., on Monday after officers went there to arrest her on several warrants and spent hours trying to negotiate her surrender. Police say she pointed a firearm at officers and the shooting began, eventually killing her.

But her mother, Rhonda Dormeus, 49, told the Baltimore Sun that she spoke to her daughter over Facebook, and overheard her boyfriend begging her to give herself up.

“I could hear her boyfriend telling her it wasn’t worth it, to just come on out,” Dormeus, told the Sun. “At that time the phone went dead.”

During the conflict, Gaines had recorded the incident and placed it on her Facebook and Instagram accounts. Officials filed a request with the social network to deactivate them, the Sun reported.

Gaines boyfriend, Kareem Kiean Courtney, 39, who police were also trying to arrest on assault charges in connection with an altercation with Gaines in June, had fled the apartment with a 1-year-old child after pleading with her. When police opened the door to the apartment they found Gaines sitting on the floor with a 12-gauge shotgun pointing it at them, she was also holding her son Kodi, 5, in her arms.

Amid the shooting the boy was shot in the arm and wounded. He was later taken to a hospital and was listed in good condition. It was not clear if he was shot by Gaines or the police in the gunfire exchange.

Courtney was later arrested and released on his own recognizance.

Dormeus said that she came to the scene later, but was not allowed to speak with her daughter during the negotiation process. But she did feel that if she had, she could have helped diffuse the situation.

“I do feel like they didn’t want to hurt her,” Dormeus said. “But I don’t feel like they exhausted all the means of negotiation.”