No charges in fatal shooting of Maryland woman

A family attorney says no charges will be filed in the death of Korryn Gaines.                      WMAR

Korryn Gaines, 23, was fatally shot by police in Baltimore County, Md., on August 1 after a seven-hour standoff at her apartment, police said.

J. Wyndal Gordon, the family’s attorney, told the New York Daily News on Tuesday that he didn’t forsee any criminal charges in the case, but will meet with Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger today to discuss the case.

She would not open the door, which officers tried to open with a key, according to the report provided by Shellenberger (see the report below); there was a latch inside the door she would not undo. He fled the couple’s apartment with his infant daughter and told officers Gaines was mentally ill and had stopped taking her medications. Meanwhile, Gaines was sitting on the floor of the apartment pointing a shotgun at the officers, who began to treat the situation as a barricade and called in support teams including the hostage negotiation and tactical units. Prosecutors have said that any announcement regarding charges should be communicated to the family first.

“Over the course of several hours, “.there were times with Ms. Gaines spoke calmly and others where she screamed and acted irrationally.

They said an officer shot a round at Gaines, and she fired back.

The statement released by the State’s Attorney says that police did not intentionally shoot at Gaines’ son, but that evidence showed that it was an expanded bullet that struck the 5-year-old in the cheek, and had passed through something before hitting him.

Gaines’s family filed a lawsuit last week, claiming Ruby shot her out of frustration, not fear, the Baltimore Sun reported. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is seeking an independent review of police department policies after the shooting.

It strikes me that when a traffic crime is the issue and a child is present, a summons could be placed on the door and the frightening presence of police outside might retreat.

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