An hours-long standoff led to the death of 23-year-old mother Korryn Shandawn Gaines. When she faced Baltimore County officers, she continued to issue threats as she held her child with one hand and a gun in the other.
The incident happened at around 9:20 a.m. on Monday. Three officers had gone to Gaines’ apartment in Randallstown to serve arrest warrants on Gaines and a man living with her. Gaines had “failure to appear” bench warrant due to several traffic charges that included disorderly conduct and resisting arrest during a traffic stop last March.
Upon reaching the apartment, the officers knocked on the door and identified themselves. They could hear voices of a man and a woman inside, but no one answered. At the same time, they could hear a child crying. After five to ten minutes, one of the officers obtained a key of the apartment from the landlord and opened the door. The officer saw Gaines sitting on the floor and pointing a Mossberg 12-gauge pistol grip shotgun at him, according to Baltimore County Police.
At the sight of this, officers retreated to the hallway outside the apartment and called for additional support. The male suspect, 39-year-old Kareem Courtney, ran from the apartment with a one-year-old boy. He was apprehended by the police. Gaines, however, remained inside her home with five-year-old Kody and her gun.
In a video she posted on her Instagram, she showed her son, who is aware that there are police officers outside their home. She asked her son, “Do you want to go out there?” The young boy answered, “No.” She captioned the video, “My son is not a hostage. He wants to be here in his home with his mother.”
During the barricade situation, police said they have “made every effort” to get Gaines to surrender peacefully. She pointed her gun at the tactical officers several times. Throughout the negotiation, her demeanor by the Hostage Negotiation Team was described as “up and down.”
Later at 3 p.m., Gained pointed her gun directly at a tactical officer and said, “If you don’t leave, I’m going to kill you.”
Baltimore County Police said the officer feared for his life and fired his weapon. Gaines returned fire with two shots, and the officers returned fire multiple times. Gaines was pronounced dead at the scene.
Following the incident, Kodi was taken to John Hopkin’s Children’s Center. He had been injured in the crossfire but remains in good condition. He was said to be moving around the apartment during the barricade.
Back in March, Gaines was stopped after her Toyota Camry was seen with a rectangular cardboard instead of a license plate. It read, “Any government official who compromises this pursuit to happiness and right to travel, will be held criminally responsible and fined, as this is a natural right to freedom.”
During the stop, Gaines resisted arrest and threw out the citations issued by the officer. She proclaimed that the officer would have to “murder” her before she would get out of the vehicle. At that time, both Kodi and Gaines’ son were in the vehicle. One video even shows Gaines asking her five-year old son to record the traffic stop on camera.
It is unclear who will have custody of Gaines’ children following her death.
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