A tense standoff ended in tragedy on Aug. 1, as Korryn Gaines was fatally shot by police while she was still holding her 5-year-old son. The young mother, wanted for numerous traffic violations, allegedly threatened police with a shotgun, prompting the authorities to open fire.
Korryn Shandawn Gaines, 23, was holding her young boy and a shotgun when she told the Baltimore County Police Officers, “If you don’t leave, I’m going to kill you,” according to The Independent. An officer, fearing for the safety of his team, opened fire, leading to an exchange of shots. Korryn was killed at the scene. The young boy was injured and taken to a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
The standoff began at 9:20 A.M. ET, after police arrived at her Randallstown apartment to arrest her. Korryn failed to appear in court on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest stemming from a March traffic stop, according to Heavy.com. After entering the apartment (courtesy of a key they obtained from the landlord) they discovered an armed Korryn sitting on the floor.
The cops fled to the hall and spent six hours trying to talk her down. Sadly, the standoff ended with Korryn dead. Before her death, she reportedly uploaded pictures and videos of the standoff to her Instagram account. One video has her son saying that the cops were “trying to kill us.”
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.😌
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“We are, of course, extremely upset at an event like this,” Elise Armacost, a spokeswoman for the police, said at a press conference following the shooting. “We do not like to be in a position of having to use lethal force, but this was a situation where our officers exercised patience for hours and hours.”
The officers involved in the incident will be placed on administrative leave while authorities investigate the incident. Their names are expected to be released on Aug. 3., while a vigil is planned for 7 P.M. ET on Aug. 5 at Baltimore City College. Korryn’s death follows another string of violence between police and members of the African-American community. Friends and family are still mourning the deaths of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and the police officers in both Dallas and Baton Rogue. Sadly, Korryn’s name has been added to that never-ending list of victims.
These horrific deaths are what the Mothers of the Movement spoke out against while at the Democratic National Convention. The mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland and more called for an end to excessive force by the police while supporting the men and women who wear the uniform. Hopefully, their message can be heard in time.
Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Korryn Gaines and to all those involved in this tragedy.