In yet another conflux of gun violence, police action and streaming video, officers killed a woman after a 7-hour standoff where she brandished a rifle and tried to livestream the confrontation on social media. 23-year-old Korryn Gaines was shot to death after exchanging fire with police, 7 hours after they converged on her apartment to serve warrants on her and another person in Randallstown, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore. She posted videos to Facebook and Instagram as the drama unfolded, however, police requested these videos be pulled and that her Facebook account be deactivated during negotiations. Also injured in the altercation was a 5-year-old child who got caught in the crossfire, though the child has yet to be identified.
Warrant service officers showed up at Korryn Gaines apartment early Monday morning. They were there to serve her with a bench warrant for failure to appear in court on traffic charges and to serve Kareem Courtney, 39, with an assault warrant, ironically for charges Gaines filed against him at a previous date. They initially refused the police entrance before Courtney fled on foot, taking with him a 1-year-old child. He was later caught and arrested. According to police, Gaines then pointed a 12-gauge shotgun at them, later threatening to kill them if they didn’t leave her alone. The standoff continued through the day until around 3p.m. when police fired on Gaines once, who then allegedly shot at back at them multiple times. Police returned fire, killing Gaines and injuring the child. Following the incident, the police officers involved have been placed on administrative leave.