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BALTIMORE (AP) — In the midst of a five-hour standoff that turned deadly, Facebook granted an emergency request from the Baltimore County Police Department to take offline the social media accounts belonging to a woman who wielded a shotgun at officers.

Baltimore County Police officers shot and killed Korryn Gaines, 23, after she barricaded herself inside her Randallstown apartment with her 5-year-old son and pointed a shotgun at officers attempting to serve an arrest warrant.

Police Chief Jim Johnson said Tuesday that the department made the emergency request to have Gaines’ social media accounts suspended after she posted videos online showing the standoff. People who saw the postings, Johnson said, responded by encouraging her to not comply with police.

Videos posted on Facebook and Instagram appeared to show Gaines, who was black, talking with police in the doorway to her apartment and to her son during the standoff. In one, she asks her son what the police are trying to do.

“They trying to kill us,” the boy says.

“Do you want to go out there?”

“No,” he says.

The standoff Monday began after three officers went to Gaines’ apartment to serve arrest warrants on her and her boyfriend, Kareem K. Courtney, 39, according to police. He left the apartment with a 1-year-old boy before the standoff and was arrested.

Gaines’ bench warrant stemmed from charges during a March 10 stop, including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Authorities said she was armed with a 12-gauge pistol grip shotgun that was legally purchased last year and toward the end of the negotiations pointed it directly at an officer and said, “If you don’t leave, I’m going to kill you.”

An officer shot at her and Gaines fired two shots, but missed the officers, who returned fire and killed her, police said.

Gaines also posted videos from the March traffic stop on her Instagram account. Police said she was pulled over because instead of a license plate, she had a cardboard tag that said: “Any government official who compromises this pursuit of happiness and right to travel will be held criminally responsible and fined, as this is a natural right and freedom.”

During the stop, she said officers were trying to “steal her car,” that she wasn’t complying with officers’ “criminal” way. She said they would have to “murder” her to get her out of her car, according to court documents.

Officers said she had to be pulled from the car and repeatedly yelled “record this” as a crowd of people gathered while police were arresting her.

Facebook has restored Gaines’ social media pages, but a pair of videos that violated Facebook’s standards have been blocked from public view.

According to the tech company’s policies, requests from law enforcement to suspend accounts may be granted in cases where there is a substantial risk of harm. The police chief said county police based their de-activation request on the fact that there was a barricade involving someone with a gun, and that a child was present.

According to a Facebook Government Request Report, the company received roughly 855 requests for emergency disclosures of information to government agencies due to the threat of harm or violence between July and December 2015. About 73 percent of those requests were granted.

The boy is in good condition at a hospital. Police were not sure whether he was hit by gunfire or shrapnel.

Gaines’ boyfriend is charged with second-degree assault, which stems from a fight with Gaines, police said. He has been released on his own recognizance.

The department did not release the names or races of the officers involved, who were placed on administrative leave. Their first initials and last names will be released 48 hours after the shooting, in accordance with the department’s contract with the Fraternal Order of Police.

The department is bringing body cameras online but none of the officers had one.

Court documents show that Gaines filed a lawsuit against a former landlord, alleging that she was lead poisoned. The suit said Gaines was “exposed to a sea of lead” as a child, which contributed to “neurodevelopmental disabilities or injuries.”

A medical expert who evaluated Gaines wrote that she “had a history of problems with anger and impulsive behavior,” and visited her school counselor on several occasions. The suit identifies Gaines’ father as Ryan Gaines, a police dispatcher.

Baltimore City Schools spokeswoman Edie House-Foster confirmed Tuesday that Gaines was a 2010 graduate of one of the city’s best magnet high schools, Baltimore City College.

Gaines’ uncle Jerome Barnett told The Baltimore Sun that Gaines “was feisty, but she was smart and she was respectful.”

RANDALLSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A woman who pointed a long gun at police serving arrest warrants at her apartment was shot and killed by officers in a shootout that also left a 5-year-old boy wounded, Baltimore County police said.

After an hours-long standoff, police said in a news release that Korryn Gaines, 23, pointed the gun directly at an officer Monday afternoon and said, “If you don’t leave, I’m going to kill you.” That’s when an officer shot at the woman, police said, and Gaines fired two shots, but didn’t strike any officer.

“We discharged one round at her,” Police Chief James Johnson told reporters at an evening news conference. “In return, she fired several rounds back at us. We fired again at her, striking and killing her.”

Gaines was hit several times and pronounced dead at the scene. The boy in the apartment with Gaines was shot in a limb and taken to a hospital with injuries that weren’t life-threatening, but police said they could not immediately determine if he was shot by the woman or officers. Police have not released the relationship between Gaines and the child.

The standoff began after three officers went to Gaines’ apartment in Randallstown to serve arrest warrants on her and a man, according to police. Gaines was wanted for failing to appear in court on traffic charges dating from a stop in March and the man was wanted for assault, authorities said.

One officer got a key from the landlord and opened the apartment after no one responded to repeated knocks. The officer saw Gaines sitting on the floor, pointing a long gun at him, police said. The officers retreated to the hallway, and a man ran from the apartment with a 1-year-old boy, authorities said. That man was arrested.

Police negotiators tried to talk with Gaines, who they said pointed the gun at tactical officers several times and refused to surrender. Officers staged in the hallway had a clear line of sight through the open door to where Gaines was positioned, police said.

It is not known of if any of the officers were equipped with body cameras, which the department brought online just a few weeks ago.

Police said Gaines’ bench warrant stemmed from an array of traffic charges, including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Gaines was charged after a traffic stop last March.

Online court records say Gaines was black. The department did not give the races of the officers involved, who were placed on routine administrative leave. Their names will be released 48 hours after the incident, in accordance with the department’s contract with the Fraternal Order of Police.

This is the county’s third shooting involving an officer in 2016, and the first fatal shooting involving an officer this year.

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33 thoughts on “Korryn Gaines’ Facebook Account Deactivated After Posting During Standoff

  1. reflections on said:

    This assassination did not even make the national news. The SWAT had her facebook live stream cut so they could kill her and it not be on tape. They now control the narrative and we know what liars they are.

  2. specialt757 on said:

    What an awful tragedy, one that could have been avoided.

    In Norfolk, VA last week the police and an old white man (with several weapons) who barricaded himself in his home, were in a standoff for 67 hours and the end result, no one died, they took the man into custody. What do you think the difference was?

      • specialt757 on said:

        just a few little details: “When officers tried to speak with the man, police said Wooster ran into his house, closed the door, re-opened it and pointed a gun at an officer before retreating…He is facing charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and attempted malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer.”

  3. msyellarose on said:

    People need to get over themselves. This fool went looking for trouble and has history of wanting confrontation with police. For spit’s sake the woman pointed a large firearm at and threatened officers and put a small child in jeopardy also. I really feel bad for that little one who will forever be haunted by this. She had some nutty views and this was tragedy waiting to happen.

  4. Anthony B.... on said:

    You would think in these times of unjustified/justified shooting incidents around the country the BPD would have used a long stick approach to this situation, what was the rush? It’s not as if she was firing sniper shots out the window…

  5. Another sad police shooting that could have been prevented by either side. The late Ms. Korryn Gaines had a past history of anger problems and conflicts with authority figures, and used the worst possible judgement pointing a shotgun at the police. But she DID warn the police to back off. The police should NOT have fired first at her, she fired back in self-defense after that first shot. The police should have let her cool down for a day or two. This whole incident was over traffic tickets, for Chrissake, not robbery, arson, or murder. When people feel their home is being invaded, even by police, they get hostile and defensive. That’s why police hate to make domestic disturbance calls, because often the people fighting each other turn on the police when they feel their home is being invaded. Many of our laws are very petty and should be abolished. Let our police work on the serious crimes like rape, arson, and murder. Here in Las Vegas people are hassled and arrested for silly offenses like blocking a trash can, jaywalking, soliciting, and many other non-violent offenses. Meanwhile, the homicide rate here in Sin City has reached record highs this year.

  6. FOX news did a story on this incident last night, she was obviously consumed with anti government anti authoritarian issues, (some radical org) bottom line to
    put her child in jeopardy like that is inexcusable I commend the police for restraint used in indecent however she brought about her own demise

  7. To all of you idealist out there. If this lady had been White they would have negotiated as long as it would have taken not to take her life. If you don’t believe this do your research. There were many alternatives the officers could have taken, but because she was Black it was determined that they would kill this Black woman. All this for a Failure to appear, and traffic tickets. I don’t believe these lying nazis, and klan officers. You white privilege individuals will never understand due to not having to deal with these racist cops on a daily basis. I don’t believe she had a gun, the police is very good at dictating their reports to support the lying, crooked cops, who don’t have the training, mental competence, and psychological profile to professionally do this job.

    • Shem. Let me let you in on a little secret. Well actually it isn’t. But here it is anyway. If you point a gun at a cop, You. Will. Die. No matter what color you are, You. Will. Die. Period.

      • Tootsie on said:

        That is a lie. There have been several instances where white people charged at officers with a gun and they still did not shoot them. There is video on YouTube of cops getting beat up by white people and they lived to see the courtroom. No one should be pointing a gun at cops. Cops are quick to kill a black person with or without a weapon even if the person has not committed a crime. That shot a black man while he had his arms up begging for his life. We need to come together, regardless of color, for the greater good. The government is the real enemy!!!!!!!

      • Tim Green on said:

        And JUST as many situations occur with blacks brandishing weapons fighting etc etc & taken into custody without being shot or killed … So whats your point?? A cop can legally shoot you if your pointing a gun at them, if they choose to actually do it or not is up to the individual officer

      • Just as a civilian has the right to light your ass up if you point a gun at them. For some reason though, people seem to think that cops shouldn’t have the right to defend themselves when confronted with someone with a weapon. They should be able to run into a phone booth and change into their Superman suit and handle the situation without harming anyone. Silliness. But I have to agree with one thing Tootsie said. We need to all come together regardless of color for the greater good.

      • PhiaFree on said:

        Tim Green and Kates 1221 what will you say when it’s YOUR dumbass staring down the barrel of a gun held by trigger happy police, or better yet what if it’s your child or mother or sister? No one deserves to die and the next time this happens, someone may be shrugging their shoulders and dismissing your inconvenient death because you made a bad decision… So freaking insensitive!

      • Cerriea on said:

        Maybe bc they went there to kill her from jump.Why wasn’t dat white guy shot n killed after a 67 hour standoff n yea he had a gun n said he was gonna shot so why didn’t they shoot n kill him hold up maybe bc he was white.

      • Tim Green on said:

        SMH the stupidity being voiced in these comments is due to ignorance & lack of knowledge of the law… The police can LEGALLY shoot you if you point a gun at them, that doesnt mean they HAVE to shoot you, but it does JUSTIFY it so using the “reasoning” that one person got shot & another person didnt is FOOLS logic … ESPECIALLY with the fact that all these incidents involve different departments & different officers … If we go by the logic alot of people posting on this board use then all black people are stupid & incapable of deep thought & reasoning, since they believe that this woman shouldve basically been allowed to do whatever the hell she wanted & was “assasinated” for no reason

    • Cerriea on said:

      What da hell wasn’t they pointing a gun at her and shot first she fired in self defense GTFOH with dat shit them bitches was gon kill her anyway dog ass cops that’s exactly why they getting what they asked for huh…

      • Tim Green on said:

        You’re right the cops planned to go to her house, announce themselves, allow her boyfriend to leave unharmed, toy with her for 7hrs while she ranted & raved enjoying herself on FB, then killed her for fun …. Speak that foolishness in your mind out loud so you can hear how dumb you sound

  8. This was totally unnecessary. This young lady was barely an adult and with a child no less. Seems the police had a couple of options…how about tear gas?…how about contacting a family member to assist in talking her down? So much focus on the actual officers that do the job, which is the right thing to do, BUT much of “what” an officer is permitted to do stems from the training, tactics, and policies set forth from their superiors. The preservation of life should be the first and most important consideration exercised by the Police. Shooting a suspect should be the last resort AND only used if immanent harm is about to occur to someone innocent…

    • Tim Green on said:

      GS this was VERY unneccessary that SHE decided to be a complete idiot, your logic makes ZERO sense. She had the options to ONE not get in trouble in the first place & TWO when she did get in trouble to handle ot responsibly instead she chose to do the WORSE thing possible & paid the price.. Then your dumbass portrays her as the victim

      • Tim, all things being equal, YES she should have turned herself in long before, negating the need for a warrant to be served. Unfortunately, people make poor decisions. I simply point out that the police had a number of available options that would’ve preserved her life and not result in harming the child. As I said, training, tactics, and policies determine how police do their job. If people are dying as a result of police response, THAT alone should motivate Police leadership and the public to work together to find a better way…no sane individual wants blood spilled in our streets…

    • It seems like you are the only person submitting comments who has a grasp of reality. As a former Police Officer we were trained to defused and deescalate situations like this. We were trained to Professionally discharged our duties to the public. To Protect and Serve only seems to apply to Whites. Whoever the negotiator was, was not properly trained for that position. These cops have had previous run-ins with this Black female, and like Sandra Bland, they were determined to make an example of her. And to think that they fired upon a woman with a child in the home is reprehensible. Do you think they were concerned about the child no?

  9. Tim Green what a dumb ass thing to say!! No one deserves to die. AND since she’s dead, how do we know if this is the truth or not? It took them One hour to tried and “talk” her down really?!! I think it’s more to this story. I hope a true full investigation is done. But, I don’t believe that either.

    • Tim Green on said:

      Janice Jones her boyfriend cooperated & “miraculously” SURVIVED without a scratch. So according to your bullshit the police let him live then decided to execute her for shits & giggles then concoct a story!?!? … Hmmmms as scrutinized as that department & the law enforcement field is right now does that scenario sound likely to you?!? If so you’re an idiot … This woman made a series of bad decisions that lead up to her demise, i only feel sorry that her child had to go through that traumatic experience & pray that he can manage to grow up to be an upstanding respectful citizen

  10. Sounds like she’d been drinking the Kool Aid. No matter how many protest are held, no matter how many communities are burned, looted and pillaged, because someone was killed by a cop, if you point a gun at a cop, he’s going to light your ass up. Thank God the little one will be ok.

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