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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.

The Baltimore County Police Department is warning residents of a recent increase in scam phone calls pertaining to jury duty.

The caller will claim to be from the Baltimore County Sheriff's Office and tell the resident that he or she has missed jury duty and must pay a fine in order to clear the record. These scam callers will request that the resident purchase a pre-paid debit card and call back with the number on the card. By doing this, they defraud people into giving them money.

The Baltimore County Sheriff's Office will never ask you for money over the phone. If you receive one of these phone calls, hang up and report the incident to your local precinct.

If you have questions about jury duty, you may also contact the Office of the Jury Commissioner.

A statement regarding firearms and the murder of five Dallas police officers has been issued by the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence. Baltimore County Chief of Police Jim Johnson is chair of the Partnerhsip.

This is the statement in its entirety:

"The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence deeply mourns the loss of four Dallas Police Department Officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Officer, who were deliberately targeted for assassination today [July 7, 2016] by a deranged and cowardly group of individuals who were intent on killing law enforcement officers. We send our deepest condolences to the families of these brave fallen officers and to the officers and families of those who were shot and survived. Our thoughts are also with the citizens of Dallas, Texas and with this great Nation as we all share in the loss of these heroes.

Our coalition of nine national law enforcement leadership organizations has long expressed our concern over the devastating toll of violence in our communities and in violence directed towards law enforcement. Those who encourage and call for violence against law enforcement are equally as guilty as those who commit such violence and do nothing to promote the kind of mutual trust and cooperation that is needed to ensure that every American can feel safe within their communities.

Law enforcement officers put their own lives on the line to protect others, but the prevalence of gun violence across our nation is making these jobs increasingly more dangerous. Here are some of the disturbing facts:

  • Firearm fatalities among law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty have risen sharply this year, up 44 percent over the same time last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
  • Gunfire was the leading cause of officer line of duty deaths in 2014, as it has been since 2009, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
  •  An increasing proportion of police murders have been classified as ambushes. According to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, between 1990 and 2000, police murders that were attributable to ambush assaults was about 12 percent; from 2001 to 2012, that figure was 21 percent.
  •  Firearms were responsible for 93 percent of homicides of law enforcement officers between 1996 and 2010, according to a 2013 Johns Hopkins study.

 Gun deaths among all Americans have been on the rise over the 15 years, going from an average of 79 per day in 2002, to 92 a day in 2014 -- the last year for which data is publicly available, according to the Center for Disease Control.

The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence has stressed the need – as a public safety imperative – for improved responses to these senseless acts of violence and will remain committed to pursuing these improvements and calling attention to their need as we are doing today

We owe it to the heroes lost and injured today and to all of America’s law enforcement officers to do all we can to make our communities safer and to unite in support of one another, regardless of the color of our skin, how we worship, who we love or the uniform we wear. Dallas Chief of Police David Brown asked for our support and today, we pledge our support to the Dallas and DART Police Departments, to law enforcement nationwide, and to those in our communities who are far too often victimized by gun violence."

 
 

Revised June 28, 2016