What do you say to a 5-year-old boy who will never see his mother again? A boy whose mother was holding him in her arms during the last moments of her life?
Baltimore County police shot and killed 23-year-old Korryn Gaines Monday after she allegedly pointed a gun at officers and threatened to kill them during an hour-long standoff at her apartment in Randallstown, Md.
Gaines’ 5-year-old son, who was in the home, was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound but is expected to survive, police said.
Via 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.
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. Read more here
Below are two videos Gaines posted right before her death.
Going through Korryn’s Instagram, one would say the gorgeous mother of two was a “woke” woman. She apparently had encounters with police before, making the point in one of her posts to record as much as she can and post to social media. She also legally owned a gun.
Gotta thank my dad for teaching me how to protect myself (cells) …nd i gotta thank myself (cells) for teaching me who i need protection from. Hope they sending in clones😩im waiting tho. They threw me a charge too late, got my “Big Girl” September of last year. Legit w/papers. Thought i was gon have to take out a nigga nd realized i had a bigger problem. Fuck it Let’s dance, i got some rhythm.😌
What are your thoughts on this tragedy?