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On Monday morning, authorities came to the apartment with two arrest warrants — one for a man and another for a woman. The woman was wanted for failure to show up in court, resisting arrest, and traffic charges. The man was wanted for assault.
According to Police Chief Jim Johnson, the officers heard voices inside the apartment, but were not allowed inside. The detectives then acquired a key, and opened the door.
The female suspect, identified as 23-year-old Korryn Shandawn Gaines, allegedly aimed a shotgun at police. Instead of firing on site, the cops reportedly retreated and called for backup.
“My personnel showed great firearms restraint during this dialogue,” Johnson said of his department.
After a hours-long standoff, Gaines reportedly threatened officers with the weapon, and police fired one shot.
Gunfire was exchanged afterward between the suspect and police.
Gaines was killed in the crossfire and the 5-year-old was injured and taken to a local hospital. The male suspect fled the apartment but was later apprehended.
This tragic incident comes on the heels of numerous fatal interactions between Black Americans and police. Tensions are particularly high in Baltimore after it was revealed last week that none of the officers accused in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray would be charged.
In an address to the community, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby explained, “Never again should there be a question as to why someone is being stopped, detained or arrested due to the fact there will now soon be cameras.”
In the case of Gaines, it is unclear whether the officers were wearing cameras. But this detail will be crucial as the investigation unfolds, especially when distrust between the Black community and police is at its height.
Family members, reeling from the tragedy, spoke out on Gaines’s behalf. Her uncle Jerome Barnett told the Baltimore Sun his niece “is a good person; I never knew her to be a rowdy person.”
Skepticism was also shared on social media:
Transparency between the police and the community will be necessary to keep tensions from reaching a boiling point in the days to come.
This is a developing story.
Justice For…A List Of People Killed By Police In 2014 (PHOTOS)
1. Jordan Baker, 26, Killed January 2014 In TexasSource:Handout 1 of 20
2. McKenzie Cochran, 25, Killed January 2014 In DetroitSource:Handout 2 of 20
3. Keith Vidal, 18, Killed January 2014 In North CarolinaSource:Handout 3 of 20
4. Yvette Smith, 47, Killed February 2014 In TexasSource:Handout 4 of 20
5. Victor White III, 22, Killed March 2014 In LouisianaSource:Handout 5 of 20
6. Dontre Hamilton, 31, Killed April 2014 In MilwaukeeSource:Handout 6 of 20
7. Jason Harrison, 28, Killed June 2014 In TexasSource:Screengrab 7 of 20
8. Eric Garner, 43, Killed July 2014 In NYCSource:Screengrab 8 of 20
9. Ezell Ford, Killed August 2014 In CaliforniaSource:Handout 9 of 20
10. Dante Parker, 36, Killed August 2014 In CaliforniaSource:Handout 10 of 20
11. Kajieme Powell, 25, Killed August 2014 In St. LouisSource:Screengrab 11 of 20
12. Omar Abrego, 37, Killed August 2014 In CaliforniaSource:Handout 12 of 20
13. Maria Godinez, 22, Killed August 2014 In OrlandoSource:Handout 13 of 20
14. Michael Brown Jr., 18, Killed August 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.Source:Handout 14 of 20
15. Darrien Hunt, 22, Killed September 2014 In UtahSource:Handout 15 of 20
16. Jack Jacquez, 27, Killed November 2014 In ColoradoSource:Handout 16 of 20
17. Tamir Rice, 12, Killed November 2014 In OhioSource:Handout 17 of 20
18. Akai Gurley, 28, Killed November 2014 In NYCSource:Handout 18 of 20
19. Tanesha Anderson, 37, Killed November 2014 In ClevelandSource:Handout 19 of 20
20. Rumain Brisbon, 34, Killed December 2014 In ArizonaSource:Handout 20 of 20
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