Record Payday Awarded To Family Of Woman Who Was Shooting At Police

The family of Korryn Gaines, who was fatally shot by police, were awarded $37 million by a jury.

Baltimore, MD – A jury awarded more than $37 million in damages to the family of a shotgun-wielding woman who was fatally shot by police as she used her 5-year-old son as a human shield.

The lawsuit alleged that Baltimore County Corporal Royce Ruby acted unreasonably when he fired on Korryn Gaines, 23, after a six-hour standoff in her Randallstown apartment, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Attorneys for the woman’s family also claimed that police used excessive force, acted recklessly, and violated Gaines’ rights by allegedly illegally entering her home, according to WJZ.

The jury of six women awarded over $32 million to Gaines’s son, Kodi, and $4.5 million to her daughter, Karsyn. Gaines’ parents will receive a combined $607,000, and her estate was awarded an additional $300,000, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The incident occurred on Aug. 1, 2016, when officers went to Gaines’ apartment to serve warrants on her and her fiancé, 39-year-old Kareem Courtney, at approximately 9 a.m.

Gaines was wanted for failing to appear for a court hearing, while Courtney had a warrant related to an assault on Gaines, the Owings Mills Patch reported.

The couple refused to open the door, and officers ultimately forced entry with warrants, prosecutors said, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Immediately upon entering the apartment, the first officer was “confronted with Korryn Gaines with a shotgun pointed right at him,” Assistant County Attorney James Ruckle said.

Gaines live-streamed herself holding the weapon during the confrontation on Facebook, according to the Owings Mills Patch.

Courtney exited the apartment with Karsyn, who was an infant at the time, but Gaines kept Kodi inside the apartment and refused to leave.

The ensuing standoff lasted for approximately six hours, and Cpl. Ruby – who was an officer at the time – remained positioned outside the doorway of the apartment unit.

“...there were times when Ms. Gaines spoke calmly and others where she screamed and acted irrationally,” State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger wrote of his investigative findings in 2016, according to the Owings Mills Patch.

“She stated that the police were the devils, that they were crazy, that she had been unjustly kidnapped by the police, that the government had kidnapped her fiancé, that the police were only at her apartment because she was black, that when she and her son were dead the news would report it and the world would know, and it would be worth it as [long as] she took at least one of the officers with her, that she was absolutely not coming out..." Shellenberger wrote.

At times, the armed woman positioned herself behind her young son, using him as a human barrier between herself and the officers.

“What parent puts their kid in front of a shotgun? What parent puts their kid in that kind of unsafe position?” Ruckle asked during the closing arguments, according to the Baltimore Sun.

During the standoff, Cpl. Ruby saw Kodi move into the kitchen area, followed by his mother. The corporal then saw Gaines’ braids – and the shotgun barrel she was raising above a wall.

She then pointed her weapon at Cpl. Ruby, the Owings Mills Patch reported.

“He was a dead man if he didn’t fire. Dead,” Ruckle told the jury, according to The Baltimore Sun.

From the doorway, Cpl. Ruby fired his weapon through a wall in the area where he believed Gaines was standing. He said he also intentionally fired at a height that would be taller than Kodi, just in case the boy was standing close to her.

Police said that Gaines fired two rounds from the shotgun, but no officers were struck, the Owings Mills Patch reported.

Kodi was shot in the left cheek by one of Cpl. Ruby’s bullets. Gaines was fatally wounded.

In September of 2016, Shellenberger determined that Cpl. Ruby’s use of deadly force was justified, and that no criminal charges were warranted, the Owings Mills Patch reported.

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wispark43
wispark43

It's Baltimore. After an appeal it'll be 37 cents.

Sky2nd
Sky2nd

Please tell me there is an appeals process to this ridiculous decision!!!!!

Steve1
Steve1

This has to be appealed! This is beyond ignorant, this women caused her own death and to use a child as a shield, proves to me that she is no great loss!

tmg
tmg

how can anyone know the facts and reward the family for what she did?

lds719
lds719

This is actually Baltimore County which is a far superior department than Baltimore City. The fact that the officer was cleared of any wrongdoing by the department but lost this lawsuit is disgusting and unusual for Baltimore County.

CATHE
CATHE

This makes me sick. WTF.

RunCop
RunCop

Another Baltimore animal thugette!

Acaxochitl
Acaxochitl

This is SO very wrong on every level. And how did they get away with an all-woman jury? This female thug's family gets millions? Part of the problem is that this is in Baltimore where they hate cops. Our country is SO screwed up. Criminals get rewarded for their behavior and victims can't get any relief or justice...

CathyA
CathyA

Yes, this is completely wrong!! However if that were here in CA., they would have probably awarded even more so ... well enough said!

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

🤮🤢🤮🤢🤮🤢🤮🤢💩

CowGurlUP
CowGurlUP

It was determined that the Ofcr’s actions wehave was justified correct?! Then WHY in God’s name did her family receive money? Her dumbass was the one that pulled her weapon first!

Lakota54
Lakota54

Outrageous ! Plus the fact that this is our tax dollars. Why do we continue to reward these thug criminals?

gfc1963
gfc1963

Amazing! She uses her son as a shield and the family gets a payout?? Simply beggers believe!

Kathy3882
Kathy3882

What a shame that every officer can't literally walk off the job, leaving this Godless, ungrateful city without police protection. Instead of paying those who risk so much a decent salary and provide them with top notch gear and equipment, they instead reward the criminal element. Let them eat cake!!!

FedUpViewer
FedUpViewer

This is the most assine thing ever. She raises a weapon against an officer while holding her baby and the family is awarded millions? No way!!!! Appeal appeal appeal until they get nothing!

kdsq
kdsq

Pretty sure this will be appealed and get overturned. No reason for something like to this at all. Justified, and in Baltimore that is a big deal after what happened a couple of years ago.

Maddie28
Maddie28

Wow, this girl has mental issues and probably a troubled life growing up. Why use your own child as a shield?

Cameron-Stuart
Cameron-Stuart

Police departments always determine there officers actions are justified, thats why we need juries to challenge them.

Cameron-Stuart
Cameron-Stuart

We live in a Country where the Police investigate themselves and always find themselves faultless, we need to move to a federal independent system of Police investigation that would save taxpayers billions.

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WichitaJim
WichitaJim

The "judgement" was from a district court level. This will most likely get overturned on appeal. Furthermore, all law enforcement agencies in Baltimore should demand a change of venue on any court actions taken out against them. That city has been racially bastardized by a mayor that was more concerned with identity politics than the truth.

grin-n-barrett
grin-n-barrett

That female used that beautiful little boy as a shield while she pulls a shotgun on an officer doing his job? The jury awards money to her family? The world has gone insane. I don't know why officers didn't walk out of the entire city over this one.

GlenPSheridan
GlenPSheridan

Each and every Baltimore Police Officer should quit and move elsewhere in the country. With almost a daily murder rate in 2017, Baltimore is not worth it.

BunnyDee714
BunnyDee714

That worthless, radical, terrorist used her child as a human shield and he was hit. We need tort reform. This objectively ridiculous. The people benefiting from this should have intervened and got her child away from her and her criminal boyfriend. She was crazy long before this incident and she recorded herself being crazy and posted it on social media. I am praying this gets overturned. It will just encourage other radicals.