Baltimore County Police Beat / Pointing a gun at cops for hours led to a dead end; woman promised to kill the cops
RANDALLSTOWN, MD. — A 23-year-old woman was shot by Baltimore County Police Officers on Aug. 1, 2016, after an hours-long standoff in which she repeatedly threatened police with a long gun. She was deceased at the scene.
A boy, 5, was shot in an extremity during this incident; he was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Police report that it is not clear whether the child was struck by a round from the woman’s gun or by a round from a police service weapon.
Baltimore County Police identified the woman as Korryn Shandawn Gaines of 4 Sulky Court, Apt. T-4, Randallstown, Md.
The incident began at about 9:20 a.m., when three officers went to the apartment on Sulky Court in Randallstown to serve arrest warrants on two people, an unidentified man and Gaines. The man was wanted for assault; Gaines was wanted on a “failure to appear” bench warrant stemming from an array of traffic charges, including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Gaines was charged following a traffic stop on March 12, 2016.
Gaines was a real “mother of the year”, a title she earned when pleading guilty in Baltimore County District Court on June 6, 2015, to leaving a child unattended and alone. On Sept. 14, 2015, Gaines was given Probation Before Judgement, fined $42.50 with unsupervised probation.
At about 3 p.m., the woman once again pointed her weapon directly at a tactical officer and said, “If you don’t leave, I’m going to kill you.” At that point, fearing for the officers’ lives, one of the officers fired his weapon. The woman returned fire, firing two shots.
Officers knocked on the apartment door and identified themselves as police. No one answered the door, but the officers heard the voices of a man and woman coming from inside the apartment, which they knew to be the address of the subjects. They also heard a child crying. After five to 10 minutes, one of the officers obtained a key to the apartment from the landlord and used it to open the door. The officer saw a woman sitting on the floor and pointing a long gun at him; this woman matched a photo of the woman sought in the warrant.
The officers retreated to the hallway outside the apartment and called for additional support. The male suspect ran from the apartment with a 1-year-old boy — one of two children in the apartment with the couple — and was apprehended by police. The armed woman remained inside with the 5-year-old boy, and a barricade situation began at about 9:40 a.m. and continued throughout the afternoon. The apartment building was evacuated to protect the safety of the other residents.
Police say that during the barricade, negotiators made every effort to talk to the woman and encourage her to surrender peacefully. She refused and pointed the long gun at tactical officers several times. There was a clear line of sight from where the officers were staged in the hallway through the open door to where Gaines was positioned inside the apartment.
At about 3 p.m., the woman once again pointed her weapon directly at a tactical officer and said, “If you don’t leave, I’m going to kill you.” At that point, fearing for the officers’ lives, one of the officers fired his weapon. The woman returned fire, firing two shots. None of the officers were struck. The woman was struck multiple times and was deceased at the scene.
Baltimore County Police says that this is an active, ongoing investigation. The officers involved in this incident will be placed on administrative leave, standard procedure for all officer-involved shootings. Their names will be released approximately 48 hours from now, in accordance with BCoPD’s contract with the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #4.
It is not yet clear if any of the officers involved in this event were equipped with body-worn cameras; BCoPD’s camera program is weeks old, and few officers have been assigned cameras at this early stage of the program.
This is BCoPD’s third officer-involved shooting so far this year, and the first fatal officer-involved shooting of 2016.