On Monday, a standoff occurred between the police and a young mom in Randallstown, Maryland.
Ultimately, Korryn Gaines – the 23-year-old mother – was shot and killed by Baltimore County Police. She was reportedly holding her 5-year-old son at the time, and he was also shot in the process. Authorities said it's not clear whether the round came from the mother or the police.
Fortunately, the boy is still alive. He was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for non life-threatening injuries.
The officers involved reportedly intended to serve warrants to both Gaines and a man at the same address.
Police claim that when they entered, they encountered Gaines holding a firearm and the man fleeing with a 1-year-old child. The man was reportedly apprehended.
The officers also claim Gaines was armed, and at around 3 pm – hours after the standoff began – she stated,
If you don't leave, I'm going to kill you.
Police claim that this statement is what prompted them to open fire. Gaines reportedly fired back and was struck multiple times, ultimately succumbing to her wounds.
Details surrounding this incident are still emerging, and the investigation is ongoing.
But tensions between police and the public are very high across the nation right now. This fatal shooting has already generated a great deal of discussion on social media.
Here's everything else we know about the fatal shooting of Korryn Gaines so far: