Gaines put her children at risk.
Mass Appeal Wire Reports
BALTIMORE — It took a month, but we finally know the name of the Baltimore County police officer who fatally shot 23-year-old Korryn Gaines on August 1st. He’s been identified as Officer First Class Ruby, a 16-year veteran of the force. Under normal conditions, the officer’s name is released within 48 hours. But given the sensitive nature of the shooting, the department decided to wait a month in fear of public retaliation. Police officials said they received death threats against their personnel. “We had reached a point both with the investigation and in terms of the safety issues that were concerning us several weeks ago that [Police Chief Jim Johnson] felt it was time for him to release the name,” spokeswoman Elise Armacost said.
“It was a difficult decision for him to make.”
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In an attempt to serve warrants, police went to Gaines’ apartment where a standoff ensued. According to police reports, Gaines pointed a shotgun at Ruby who fired first. After she shot back, Ruby shot her dead. In the process, he also shot Gaines’ 5-year-old son in the cheek.
The ordeal has sparked ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests nationwide.
Prior to the shootings, Gaines posted a Facebook video that shows her taunting police and threatening to do them bodily harm. She’s also seen ordering her son to “fight” the cops. Gaines’ boyfriend, Kareem Courtney, and their 1-year-old daughter were also home.
Courtney, 39, took the baby and fled the scene before being arrested.
He was charged with domestic violence on Gaines in June.
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