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Black woman, 23, killed by cops after hours-long conflict and exchange of gunfire

By WITW Staff on August 2, 2016

A 23-year-old black woman named Korryn Gaines was shot and killed by Baltimore County cops Monday after a tense, hours-long standoff that saw her exchange gunfire with cops before being killed. The events began Monday morning around 9 a.m., when police arrived at an apartment complex to arrest Gaines on a bench warrant for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest during a March traffic stop, as well to arrest another man wanted for assault. The pair refused to answer the door for the police, who then got a key from the landlord, opened the door, and found Gaines sitting on the floor with two small children and a long gun pointed at the cops. The officers left and called for backup.

The police then spent hours negotiating with Gaines, who pointed the gun at them and at one pointed threatened to kill them.

An officer fired a shot at her, Gaines shot back, and then she was killed. The officers have been placed on administrative leave and an investigation is ongoing. A 5-year-old boy also reportedly suffered a gunshot wound during the incident and is being treated at a hospital and is expected to survive.

Read the full story at The Baltimore Sun.

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