Police shot dead a black-American woman named Korryn Gaines at 9:20 am, at an apartment in Randallstown, Maryland, according to Baltimore County police.
A five-year old boy was also shot but escaped after sustaining non-life-threatening injuries. Police said, she was residing in the apartment with a male companion, the duo was wanted in a number of incidents involving some traffic violations.
Three police officers tried to arrest her but she tried to resist the arrest. Police said, for hours they tried to talk to Korryn Gaines. But Korryn Gaines aimed her gun at the police officers. She told police that “If you don’t leave, I’m going to kill you,” according to police officials.
There is no video footage on the shoot-out added the police. All the three police officers have been told to go on leave as per inquiry proceedings, added officials.
“We are of course extremely upset at an event like this,” police spokesperson Elise Armacost said “We do not like to be in a position of having to use lethal force, but this was a situation where our officers exercised patience for hours and hours.”
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Police claimed, they have restrained patience for many hours and were compelled to shoot after repeated provocations from the woman who threatened to kill them with her gun.
The shoot-out has given new ammunition to Blacks Lives Matter activists who alleged innocent blacks are being killed in police atrocities on them.
The woman had fired two rounds at the police, said police,however, it is not known if the boy was shot by police or by the woman , added officials.
The male suspect, who tried to escape with another kid has been nabbed. Howeve, police didn’t mention his identity so far.
The Black Lives Matter activists have begun protests over the incident. They said, it is yet another example of police excesses reminding that of the killing of a black youth, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014.
Black Lives Matter said, criminal justice system in the US has prejudices against the blacks, which makes them easy targets in the eyes of law enforcing agencies.