5-Year-Old Hurt in Shootout Between Woman, Baltimore Cops

23-year-old Korryn Gaines died after hourslong standoff
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2016 1:05 PM CDT
5-Year-Old Hurt in Shootout Between Woman, Baltimore Cops
Authorities respond to the scene Randallstown, Md., Monday, Aug. 1, 2016.   (Maya Earls/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

A nearly six-hour standoff with Baltimore County police Monday ended with a shootout that left a 23-year-old woman dead and a 5-year-old injured, the Baltimore Sun reports. Cops arrived at a Randallstown, Md., apartment just before 9:30am to serve arrest warrants on a man living there and on Korryn Gaines, wanted for being a court no-show for a March traffic stop in which she was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and traffic violations, Police Chief Jim Johnson says. The story, per Johnson: Even though cops could hear people on the other side of the door, no one answered when they knocked and IDed themselves, so they used a landlord's key to enter. Inside sat Gaines with the 5-year-old on her lap and a long gun pointed at them.

After hours of negotiation, tensions rose around 3pm when Gaines said she was going to kill the cops, at which point an officer fired a round at her, says Johnson. Gaines returned fire, and officers shot again, causing her death. NBC News reports the 5-year-old was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries; it's not clear whose gunfire wounded him. New York Daily News columnist Shaun King points out what he says is Gaines' Instagram account, showing what he says on Twitter is "a woman DEEPLY bothered and disturbed by police brutality." King also posted a video he says is Gaines filming the March traffic stop, one in which King says she's instructing her 5-year-old son to film her traffic stop, and a third purportedly taken of a SWAT team member inside her home Monday. (Read more police shooting stories.)

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