#KorrynGaines — Family of Black Woman Killed in Police Standoff Disputes Official Account | Mother Jones

Family of Black Woman Killed in Police Standoff Disputes Official Account | Mother Jones – According to statements from the Baltimore County police chief at a press conference after the shooting, the officers opened Gaines’ door using a key from her building manager after they heard people inside but no one answered the door. A chain lock prevented officers from entering. But the officers called in a SWAT team after seeing through the door opening that Gaines was seated on the floor with a shotgun and a child nearby, according to the chief. The team kicked in the door, the Baltimore Sun reported, and attempted to negotiate with Gaines for several hours. Gaines aimed her gun in the officers’ direction and verbally threatened them multiple times during the standoff, according to the Baltimore County PD. (It remains unclear how the police were positioned in relation to Gaines throughout the ordeal.) When Gaines eventually pointed her gun at an officer and said she was going to kill him if he didn’t leave, an officer shot at her. Gaines returned fire, and an officer fired again, killing Gaines, according to the police. Gaines’ 5-year-old son was also struck in the cheek and elbow but survived. Gaines’ boyfriend, Kareem Courtney, had fled from the back of the apartment with another child and was arrested before the shooting occurred.

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