*Here’s news of a very disturbing story concerning the killing of 23-year-old mother by Baltimore County police and shooting of a 5-year-old boy.
Authorities say the incident happened on Monday after the woman pointed a gun at officers and threatened to kill them during a standoff that lasted several hours.
The woman has been identified as Korryn Gaines. The boy was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound but is expected to survive, police said.
As of this report, it hasn’t been determined whether police or Gaines shot the child. Nor has it been clarified as to what the relationship was between Gaines and the child. However, Gaines’ uncle, Jermaine Barnett, said the child was Gaines’ son.
Authorities say they don’t know whether any of the officers involved in the shooting were wearing body cameras. The Police Department began phasing in its body camera program last month, but only some officers have received the devices.
Here’s the latest from the Baltimore Sun:
Police Chief Jim Johnson said that about 9:20 a.m., several warrant squad members and a uniformed officer went to the home in the first block of Sulky Court to serve arrest warrants on Gaines and a man who lived in the home.
The man in the apartment allegedly ran from the home with a 1-year-old child but was caught by officers, police said. The man’s name has not been released.
Gaines was wanted for failing to appear in cases related to a March incident in which she was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and numerous traffic violations, Johnson said.
Police “repeatedly knocked on the apartment door” and heard a man’s and a woman’s voice, as well as a crying child, the police chief said. No one answered the door after police identified themselves.
The report goes on to say that an officer got a key from the landlord and opened the door to the apartment. Officers could see that Gaines had a long gun, and she pointed it at one of three officers, Johnson said. She was seated on the floor and had the 5-year-old in her arms.
Tactical personnel were called to the home and began an hours-long negotiation with Gaines, the police chief said.
“During that dialogue and conversation, she repeatedly pointed a long gun at the police officers,” he said.
About 3 p.m., Gaines pointed the long gun at officers and told them if they didn’t leave, “she was going to kill them,” Johnson said.
An officer then fired once at Gaines, and she shot back several rounds, Johnson said. Police fired again, killing her. It was unclear where in the apartment the child was during the gunfire.
The names of the officers were not released, per an agreement with the county police union. The names are expected to be released later this week
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