The Baltimore County State Attorney’s office reportedly will not file charges against the officers involved in the shooting death of 23-year-old Korryn Gaines, local NBC affiliate WBAL-TV reported Tuesday.
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Attorney’s on both sides are scheduled to hold a news conference Wednesday, WBAL reports.
Gaines was shot and killed by a tactical officer who was part of a unit engaged in a seven-hour standoff with Gaines on Aug. 1 that also resulted in an injury to her five-year-old son Kodi in their Randallstown apartment.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Gaines family is scheduled to meet with the state attorney’s office Wednesday for a briefing on their investigation of the case. The attorney for Gaines’ estate did not expect any criminal charges to be filed.
Baltimore police previously identified the officer who shot Gaines as Officer First Class Ruby, and have maintained that Ruby shot at Gaines after she pointed a shotgun and threatened to kill him. Gaines returned fire and so did Ruby, resulting in Gaines’ death, The Sun reported. Police released only Ruby’s last name, in line with the department’s policy.
The officers were attempting to serve Gaines with a warrant on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in March.
Gaines’ family filed a wrongful death suit against Ruby and Baltimore Country last week, contending Gaines was shot “because they ran out of patience after a seven-hour standoff,” New York Daily News reported.
The suit claims Gaines had actually offered to surrender to police but that the officers refused to back down from her apartment door, and that police “did not fear Gaines.”
"Korryn Gaines said to the police, 'if you put your guns down and back up from my apartment, I will come out,'" the suit reads according to The Daily News. "However, none of the police backed up from the apartment door."