Family of woman killed by police in Maryland files lawsuit

AP News
Posted: Sep 13, 2016 6:48 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) — Attorneys representing the family of a woman fatally shot by police following a standoff she posted on social media have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit.

Lawyers for the family of 23-year-old Korryn Gaines filed suit Tuesday against Baltimore County Officer First Class Ruby and the county. Gaines' 5-month-old son was in the home during the hourslong standoff Aug. 1 and suffered a gunshot wound.

The lawsuit argues that Ruby "acted with extreme malice and a callous disregard for the constitutional right to life" when he shot Gaines.

Police said officers were attempting to serve a warrant to Gaines when she refused to leave her apartment, brandished a shotgun and threatened the officers. She posted the standoff on Facebook before police had her account taken down.

Baltimore County Police spokeswoman Elise Armacost declined to comment on the lawsuit.


This story has been clarified to reflect that the lawsuit was filed against the police officer and the county, not just the department.