Gaines’ fam­ily files wrong­ful-death law­suit against of­fi­cer, Balto. Co.

Baltimore Sun - - AROUND THE REGION - By Ali­son Kneze­vich al­isonk@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/aliknez

At­tor­neys for the fam­ily of Kor­ryn Gaines on Tues­day filed a wrong­fuldeath law­suit against Bal­ti­more County and the po­lice of­fi­cer who shot and killed her.

Sur­rounded by Gaines’ rel­a­tives and friends dur­ing a news con­fer­ence at his down­town of­fice, at­tor­ney J. Wyn­dal Gor­don said they need an­swers on what ex­actly hap­pened the day 23-year-old Gaines was killed at her Ran­dall­stown apart­ment. Her 5-year-old son, Kodi, was also shot and in­jured.

“The only way we’re go­ing to learn them is by fil­ing a law­suit and con­duct­ing de­po­si­tions,” Gor­don said.

The law­suit, filed in Bal­ti­more County Cir­cuit Court, al­leges that the of­fi­cer who killed Gaines, iden­ti­fied as Of­fi­cer First Class Ruby, did so “out of his own per­sonal frus­tra­tion rather than any true fear of a threat to him or oth­ers.” It also claims the county acted “with de­lib­er­ate in­dif­fer­ence” to Gaines’ rights.

Po­lice and county of­fi­cials de­clined to com­ment on the lit­i­ga­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Ruby shot at Gaines af­ter an hours-long stand­off be­cause she threat­ened to kill him and pointed her gun at him. When she fired back, he shot again, they say.

Po­lice went to the apart­ment the morn­ing of Aug. 1 to serve ar­rest war­rants on Gaines and her fi­ance. Gaines’ war­rant was re­lated to a fail­ure to ap­pear in court for charges con­nected to a March traf­fic stop.

The Po­lice Depart­ment is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the shoot­ing. State’s At­tor­ney Scott Shel­len­berger’s of­fice is also re­view­ing the case to de­ter­mine whether any crim­i­nal charges will be filed against the of­fi­cer.

“If we trusted the govern­ment and the Po­lice Depart­ment to con­duct a proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion, then we would’ve waited” to file a law­suit, said Gor­don, who is rep­re­sent­ing Gaines’ es­tate along with lawyer Jimmy A. Bell.

De­tailed in the law­suit is the ac­count of Ra­mone Cole­man, the next-door neigh­bor of Gaines. He says po­lice drilled holes in the walls of his apart­ment so they could use sur­veil­lance equip­ment to mon­i­tor Gaines’ move­ments.

Cole­man says he heard Gaines say she would sur­ren­der her gun and come out of her apart­ment if po­lice put their guns down. He also says he heard an of­fi­cer say “I’m sick of this s— —” be­fore he heard shots fired.

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