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Police Shoot Mother Who Allegedly Threatened Them With Gun

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter

Baltimore county police shot a mother during an hours-long confrontation Monday after she allegedly threatened police officers with a gun and locked herself in her apartment.

Police fatally shot Korryn Gaines, a 23-year-old woman who had several arrest warrants out, reports NBC News. Her 5-year-old son, who was also in the apartment, suffered a gun shot wound. Police do not know whether Gaines or the police shot the child, but he is expected to survive.

“We are of course extremely upset at an event like this. 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,” Elise Armacost, a spokesperson for the police, said at a press conference.

Police Chief Jim Johnson said that some warrant squad members arrived around 9:20 a.m. at Gaines’s apartment to issue arrest warrants to Gaines and a man that lived there.

Johnson said that Gaines was wanted for failing to appear in court for a case where she was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and some traffic violations.

Police say they knocked on the door and heard a man’s voice and a woman’s voice inside. The police identified themselves, but no one answered. One officer retrieved keys to the apartment from the landlord and the police entered the apartment.

Johnson said when police entered, Gaines was sitting on the floor with the child in her arms as she held a gun. Tactical personnel came to the apartment and tried to negotiate with her for hours.

“During that dialogue and conversation, she repeatedly pointed a long gun at the police officers,” Johnson said.

According to Johnson, Gaines pointed the gun at officers and threatened to kill them if they did not leave. At that point, an officer fired at her and she fired back. Police shot again, killing her.

The names of officers have not been released yet.

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