Korryn Gaines, who was fatally shot by police in Baltimore County, Maryland, after a standoff at her apartment Monday that lasted several hours, posted videos to her Instagram account before she was killed. One of the videos shows a SWAT officer outside her door, and the other shows her talking with her 5-year-old son, who was also shot and wounded during the incident.
The 23-year-old mother was armed with a shotgun, and police say she threatened to kill an officer if he didn’t leave her alone, causing the officer to open fire. She shot back, police say, and was killed in a second round of fire by officers. Her son was shot during the exchange, but police said they do not know if he was shot by Gaines or by an officer. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing and the officers have not yet been identified publicly.
Police asked Facebook to disable, but not delete, Goines’ Facebook and Instagram accounts during the standoff, because of the videos she was posting. Facebook accepted the request. But the accounts were reactivated on Tuesday, with some of the videos still available to be watched.
In the first video, Gaines is seen her talking with her 5-year-old son just before she was shot. In the video, which you can watch below, Gaines asks the boy who is outside, and he replies, “the police.” As officers can be heard in the background, Gaines asks her son, “and what are they trying to do?” He says, “they’re trying to kill us.”
She then asks him if he wants to go “out there,” and he says “no,” before the video ends.
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A second video appears to show SWAT officers outside her door. It is not clear at what point during the incident the video was recorded:
A third Instagram video, posted a week before the shooting, shows Gaines with a shotgun, which she says with legally purchased in September:
“Gotta thank my dad for teaching me how to protect myself (cells) …nd i gotta thank myself (cells) for teaching me who i need protection from,” she said in the post. “Hope they sending in clones?im waiting tho. They threw me a charge too late, got my “Big Girl” September of last year. Legit w/papers. Thought i was gon have to take out a n*gga nd realized i had a bigger problem. F*ck it Let’s dance, i got some rhythm.?”
Officers went to Gaines’ apartment in Randallstown, Maryland, to serve arrest warrants.
Gaines was wanted on a “failure to appear” bench warrant, police said. According to the press release, she did not appear in court on an “array of traffic charges” stemming from a March 2016 traffic stop.
According to Maryland court records, Gaines was was stopped on March 11 in Catonsville by Baltimore County Police. She was charged with several traffic violations, including operating an unregistered motor vehicle, driving without current tags, driving an uninsured vehicle, failure to display registration card on demand and driving a vehicle on a highway with a suspended registration.
She was also charged with resisting/interfering with arrest, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and littering, all misdemeanors. On July 13, she was charged with failure to appear in court and a warrant for her arrest was issued.
Gaines posted several videos in March during the traffic stop that led to her arrest. In the video, she can be seen talking with officers and her son. She is eventually dragged out of the car as her son records the incident on her phone. In the caption on the first video, which she posted in short segments, she wrote:
On March 10th at 4:05pm , at this point in time me daughter’s dad had been held hostage for 8+months and i had to go thru drastic measures to have him freed. After it was said nd done,my cell phones were disconnected and my license plates were stolen off of my car. I put a tag on my car to warn that if any government official further tried to compromise my traveling rights that they would be held accountable. This note remained for about 4 weeks with no harassment from the police who i live directly across from. This was the day they orchestrated my kidnapping.
In another caption she appeared to express beliefs similar to sovereign citizens, who believe that state and federal laws do not apply to them:
Constitutional Law is the only true law. In order to be granted the role as Law enforcement u must take an oath to uphold the Constitution and be granted a DOAO DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY ORDER. The police are not Law enforcement they are Policy enforcers and operate outside of the laws of the Constitution which would make them organized criminals. They enforce CORPORATE Law (to generate revenue,in others words to get money,however in this case they know that i know this nd this is them making trouble with me) which is not a true form of the law but so many of us have bended to their criminal ways. Not me.
She said she asked to be let go and was “being held against my will and under duress.” She also said, “They accused me of being irrate and belligerent.”
You can watch the full video below:
“Officers stopped Gaines’ silver Toyota Camry because it had no license plate — only a rectangular piece of cardboard with the following writing on it: ‘Any government official who compromises this pursuit to happiness and right to travel, will be held criminally responsible and fined, as this is a natural right to freedom,'” police said. “Gaines resisted arrest, throwing the citations issued by the officer out the window and saying officers would have to “murder” her before she got out of the vehicle. She engaged officers in a physical fight as they tried to remove her from the vehicle.”
Police released the arrest reports from that incident, which you can read below:
She also posted a photo showing the charges against her and described the time she spent in jail:
After 2 days in isolation and being starved nd with no water and my prints being COURT ORDERED to prove i was under duress (which the court order was stolen and i have proof of that as well via video) being denied phone calls AND being diagnosed with pregnancy AND a miscarriage i requested a medic for the second time which i was able to alert her and tell her i was a hostage and being denied my basic constitutional rights and she was on it. On my consent forms in the ER i had to write “Please help me” on the line without the kidnapper that traveled with me seeing. They all were very helpful and when i left the ER at 130 am March 12th i was taken pass the precinct where some of my stuff was handed to the transporter thru the window (i was never asked to sign my belongings in or out) and i was taken to see a commisioner where i was set free. As u can see this all stemmed from traffic, none of the traffic items holds jail time, but they conveniently have resisting arrest at the top but there is no reason on this document for an arrest. I was supposed to leave with fines not with bruises and definitely not in their custody to spend for 2 days and more if i had not been smart enough to realize i was a hostage from the very beginning of the traffic stop. They told my family i fought them which i didn’t all i asked them to do was not to touch me. And snatched away my arms. I hit no one hence the reason for no assault charges. They literally put this bullshit in black ink on white paper. Smh
Another video showed Gaines going to a Baltimore County Police Department station to talk about the arrest in April. You can watch that video below:
Gaines had no major criminal record. She was cited in June 2015 for confining an unattended child, a misdemeanor violation. She was pleaded guilty in September 2015 and was fined $42.50, along with court costs, and put on unsupervised probation for one day. According to Maryland law, a person is charged with that violation when a child under the age of 8 is locked or confined in a home or motor vehicle while the parent is absent and out of sight without any supervision.
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