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UPDATE (September 12, 2016  2:54 p.m.):

Detectives have determined a good address for Erika Shaffner.

The Baltimore County Police Department thanks everyone who shared her information.

Original release (September 3, 2016  11:12 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are asking for the public's help in locating a woman from the Dundalk area.

Erika Nicole Shaffner, 28, of the 1800 block of East Avenue, 21222, has not contacted family since August 25, 2016. She is described as a white female, 28 years old, 5’4”, 110 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Family is concerned for her safety and is asking anyone who has information as to the whereabouts of Erika Nicole Shaffner, to please call the Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020. 

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 (July 19, 2016  8:36 a.m.):

The woman that was found walking in the area of Red Oak Road and Willow Oak Road early this morning has been reunited with her family.

The Baltimore County Police Department thanks everyone who shared her information.

Original release (July 19, 2016  7 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a woman who was found walking in the Parkville area. 

Just after 3 a.m. this morning, Baltimore County Police received a call for a woman walking in the area of Red Oak Road and Willow Oak Road. The woman was confused and unable to give officers enough information to locate her home, a relative, or a caregiver. She says that her name is Barbara Powell. The woman is described as a black female, 5’2” and 90 pounds. She has gray hair with dreadlocks and is wearing a night gown with blue hospital socks. She believes that she lives on North Bentalou Street in Baltimore. After investigating throughout the morning, officers have been unsuccessful in locating the woman’s home or a relative. If anyone has any information concerning this woman or recognizes her photograph, please contact the Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020. 


Revised September 27, 2016