Family of woman killed by police in Maryland files lawsuit

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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.

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