Korryn Gaines, a 23-year-old black woman, was killed during a standoff with Baltimore Police on Monday as they attempted to serve a warrant on traffic charges. According to a CNN report, officers waited outside the door for 10 minutes before one came into possession of a key to the apartment and the door was opened.
A man, Kareem Courtney, was also in the apartment and wanted on criminal charges, left the residence shortly with a one-year-old child. He was arrested. Gaines was still in the apartment with a five-year-old boy and a shotgun, according to police.
Nearly five hours after police had arrived at the apartment, officers say Gaines threatened them with the weapon and verbally. One officer fired at Gaines who fired back. Officers responded firing three times, hitting Gaines. The five-year-old was struck in the arm, it is unclear whether by a bullet or shrapnel. He was treated at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Gaines was livestreaming video to her Facebook and Instagram accounts of the encounter and police requested that Facebook deactivate them at that time. The Facebook account was taken down but Instagram videos were still live as of Tuesday afternoon.
Baltimore County police Chief Jim Johnson told reporters on Tuesday that "law enforcement has no power to deactivate an account." However, they did go through a law enforcement channel Facebook has to go about deactivating the account "to preserve the integrity of the negotiations." A rep for Facebook was not immediately available for comment.