The family of Korryn Gaines was awarded $37 million in their civil suit against Baltimore County for her police-involved shooting death in 2016.
The 23-year-old mother of two, was shot and killed by county police after a six-hour standoff.
According to Baltimore police, Officer First Class Ruby shot at Gaines because she threatened to kill him and pointed her gun at him.
However, the family’s lawsuit claims Ruby shot Korryn “out of his own personal frustration rather than any true fear of a threat to him or others.”
It took the jury of six women less than three hours to determine the first shot fired by Cpl. Royce Ruby at Gaines, killing her and injuring her then-5-year-old son, Kodi, was not reasonable and therefore violated their civil rights under state and federal statutes.
Korryn’s father was awarded $300,000, her mother was awarded $307,000 and her estate was awarded $300,000.
Her son, Kodi, who suffered a gunshot wound to the arm and had bullet fragments in his face, received $32 million in damages and his sister, Karsyn, was awarded $4.5 million.
The family received no punitive damages.
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The family’s attorney, J. Wyndal Gordon, is happy with the verdict, but he also expressed his disgust that no criminal charges were filed against Officer Ruby.
I would be remiss if I didn’t note Ruby was promoted after killing Korryn.
Baltimore County Attorney Mike Fields is planning to appeal the verdict.