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A 23-year-old woman was shot by Baltimore County officers after an hours-long standoff in which she repeatedly threatened police with a long gun. She was deceased at the scene.

A boy, 5, was shot in an extremity during this incident; he was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non life-threattening injuries. It is not clear whether the child was struck by a round from the woman's gun or by a round from a police service weapon.

The woman is Korryn Shandawn Gaines of the unit block of Sulky Court.

The incident began at about 9:20 a.m., when three officers went to an apartment in the unit block of Sulky Court in Randallstown to serve arrest warrants on two people, a man and a woman. The man was wanted for assault; the woman was wanted on a "failure to appear" bench warrant stemming from an array of traffic charges, including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Gaines was charged following a traffic stop last March.

Officers knocked on the apartment door and identified themselves as police. No one answered the door, but the officers heard the voices of a man and woman coming from inside the apartment, which they knew to be the address of the subjects. They also heard a child crying. After five to 10 minutes, one of the officers obtained a key to the apartment from the landlord and used it to open the door. The officer saw a woman sitting on the floor and pointing a long gun at him; this woman matched a photo of the woman sought in the warrant.

The officers retreated to the hallway outside the apartment and called for additional support. The male suspect ran from the apartment with a 1-year-old boy -- one of two children in the apartment with the couple -- and was apprehended by police. The armed woman remained inside with the 5-year-old boy, and a barricade situation began at about 9:40 a.m. and continued throughout the afternoon. The apartment building was evacuated to protect the safety of the other residents.

During the barricade, negotiators made every effort to talk to the woman and encourage her to surrender peacefully. She refused and pointed the long gun at tactical officers several times. There was a clear line of sight from where the officers were staged in the hallway through the open door to where Gaines was positioned inside the apartment.

At about 3 p.m., the woman once again pointed her weapon directly at a tactical officer and said, "If you don't leave, I'm going to kill you." At that point, fearing for the officers' lives, one of the officers fired his weapon. The woman returned fire, firing two shots. None of the officers were struck. The woman was struck multiple times and was deceased at the scene.

Ongoing Investigation

This is an active, ongoing investigation. The officers involved in this incident will be placed on administrative leave, standard procedure for all officer-involved shootings. Their names will be released approximately 48 hours from now, in accordance with BCoPD's contract with the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #4.

It is not yet clear if any of the officers involved in this event were equipped with body-worn cameras; BCoPD's camera program is weeks old, and few officers have been assigned cameras at this early stage of the program.

This is BCoPD's third officer-involved shooting so far this year, and the first fatal officer-involved shooting of 2016.

Additional information will be provided as the investigation progresses.

Update, November 2, 11:36 a.m.:

The victim of yesterday's fatal pedestrian crash on Pulaski Highway has been identified. He is Randolph Croom, 51, of the 8200 block of Pulaski Highway.

Original release:

A fatal crash on Pulaski Highway Sunday night resulted in a secondary crash that led police on a pursuit into Baltimore City, ending in the death of a one-year-old boy.

At 6:49 p.m. Baltimore County Police were notified that a pedestrian had been struck by a motor vehicle on Pulaski Highway near Krueger Avenue. The pedestrian, an adult male, was struck as he attempted to cross Pulaski Highway. The driver remained on the scene. The victim was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was later pronounced deceased.

As a result, a portion of Pulaski Highway was closed while the Baltimore County Crash Investigation Team conducted its investigation.

Pursuit Into Baltimore City

At 9:07 p.m. a silver Mercedes-Benz traveling east on Pulaski Highway struck a Baltimore County Police cruiser assisting in the road closure. The officer assigned to the cruiser suffered non life-threatening injuries when she jumped over the jersey wall in an effort to get out of the way of the Mercedes.

The driver of the Mercedes got out of the car and, when an officer requested license and registration, he returned to the car, turned around and fled westbound on Pulaski Highway towards Baltimore City. This initiated a pursuit by another Baltimore County Police officer who had been assisting with the initial fatal crash investigation. The officer pursued the violator to just inside Baltimore City onto Moravia Road.

According to the Baltimore City Police Department, the vehicle was traveling northbound in the 5400 block of Moravia Road, approaching Sinclair Lane on a steady red signal. The Mercedes entered the intersection at a high rate of speed. The front passenger side of the Mercedes struck the rear driver’s side of a Volvo C30. The Volvo made the right turn from eastbound Sinclair Lane onto northbound Moravia Road. The Volvo rotated clockwise and mounted the east curb continuing to rotate into a bus stop were a one-year-old was in a stroller. The Volvo struck the child, who landed near the driveway to the Parkside Shopping Center. The Mercedes then continued north on Moravia Road in the 5300 block coming to rest approximately 250 feet north of the collision scene.

The child was transported to Johns Hopkins Pediatric ER, where he succumbed to his injuries. The suspect in the Mercedes was transported to Shock Trauma with minor non life-threatening injuries for evaluation. The driver of the Volvo was not injured.

The initial fatal crash on Pulaski Highway and the hit-and-run crash into the police cruiser both remain under investigation by the Baltimore County Crash Investigation Team.

The crash on Moravia Road resulting in the death of the child will be investigated by the Baltimore City Police Department.

Charges against the driver of the Mercedes are pending the conclusion of all related investigations.

On August 21 at 12:03 p.m., Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to Shiloh Baptist Church in the 2400 block of Sycamore Avenue 21219 for a report of a child in cardiac arrest.

The initial investigation into the incident has indicated that a woman who worked at the church had arrived and was going to drop off her 13-month-old foster child, a girl, at the daycare center next to the church. She began to speak with someone in a parking lot, walked into the church, and left the child in the car. When she returned to the car, she found the child in cardiac arrest. The woman immediately called 911 and started CPR.

The child, Paris Bena Hall of the unit block of Horseman Court, 21133, was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where she was declared deceased later that day.

This incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit. The Homicide Unit investigates sudden deaths of juveniles.

 
 

Revised September 27, 2016