After Korryn Gaines was shot dead by the police during a standoff in her home, her five-year-old son Kodi appeared on a video alleging that the police had shot him on purpose.
In the video, Kodi is seen lying on a bed at John Hopkins Hospital as he continues to recover from his minor injuries following the police involved shooting. The video was shot by Korryn’s sister, who is talking to Kodi, but she does not show her face in the video.
Kodi starts by telling her the series of events that led to the fatal shooting of his mother. Korryn’s sister asks him, “So, they shot you too?” Kodi gives a faint yes.
Following this, he proceeds to say that the police saw him run. As he continues to tell his version of the events, Korryn’s sister cuts him short and asks, “So, they shot you on purpose?” Kodi answers yes.
Following the shooting, Baltimore County Police said they are still determining if Kodi had been hit by a round from a police weapon. During the standoff, they said that the young boy was moving around the apartment, mostly in the kitchen area. At one point, Korynn filmed her son during the standoff saying, “My son is not a hostage. He wants to be here in his home with his mother.”
The Baltimore Police says they are not treating Kodi as a hostage in the recent incident, based on the FBI’s definition of a hostage. However, the department released a statement saying, “Though Kodi Gaines was not a hostage, police were concerned for his safety because of his mother’s unusual erratic behavior; i.e., engaging police in an armed barricade with a five-year-old at her side and wielding a firearm in the vicinity of the child.”
Today, Baltimore Police said that investigation into the shooting of Gaines continues. As soon as the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Office of the State’s Attorney for review. They also said that there is no body camera footage filmed from inside the Gaines’ home. However, there is body camera footage of incident taken from the outside perimeter.
The Baltimore County Police Department’s body camera program is said to be less than a month old.