Korryn Gaines’ Mother Speaks Out
Korryn Gaines‘ mother is speaking out about her 23-year-old daughter’s final moments before she was shot and killed by Baltimore police in a standoff on Monday.
Rhonda Dormeus said she was on a Facebook call with her daughter as she sat on the floor of Randallstown apartment with a shotgun in hand and her 5-year-old son, Kodi, by her side.
Dormeus revealed Korryn’s boyfriend, Kareem Kiean Courtney, pleaded with her to surrender. “I could hear her boyfriend telling her it wasn’t worth it, to just come on out. At that time, the phone went dead,” she said.
Korryn’s mother, who arrived on the scene during the standoff, but was not allowed to speak with her daughter, said she does not believe Baltimore police wanted to hurt her daughter, but she also feels they could have done more to de-escalate the situation.
“I do feel like they didn’t want to hurt her. But I don’t feel like they exhausted all the means of negotiation,” Dormeus said.
An hours-long standoff ended when Gaines was killed by police after she pointed her gun at officers and threatened to kill them, authorities said. Police said an officer fired one shot and missed, prompting Gaines to fire back twice, missing the officers. Police then shot three more times, killing Gaines, police said.
Please note – NONE of the officers were wearing body cameras.