No Charges in Police Shooting of Korryn Gaines

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Prosecutors in Baltimore County ruled that the shooting of Korryn Gaines was justified.

As a result, police will not face charges in connection with the case, Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said in a press release.

Gaines was killed after an hourslong barricade at her Randallstown apartment on August 1 that began when police went to serve two warrants. Police kicked in the door after there was no response, and Gaines pointed a shotgun at them.

The State’s Attorney’s office described the end of the standoff as follows (paraphrased):

Gaines was sitting on the floor with her son. The shotgun was in her lap. Police said they lost contact with Gaines at 3:24 p.m. Gaines became “highly agitated,” and went into the kitchen, where police had a more limited view. She then pointed the shotgun at police, who were outside the apartment. An officer identified only as Ruby fired through a kitchen wall at her. Gaines then fired back. The officer then went into the kitchen, and Ruby fired another shot, then three more.

Gaines’ 5-year-old son was also wounded by a bullet in the exchange. Police said that it was expanded, “indicating that it had passed through something before striking Kodi.”

The family of Gaines filed a lawsuit last week, challenging the police’s version of events. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund also called for an independent review this week.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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