Officer fired round that wounded boy, 5

Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson said in the aftermath of the incident that part of justification for firing the first shots at Gaines was that officers were anxious about possible harm to the child.

The statement noted that the officer shot Gaines "after she aimed her Mossberg shotgun at him and threatened him".

This tragic shooting comes on the heels of what seems to be the worst tension between the Black community and police departments around the country in recent history.

Kodi claimed that moments before the shooting, "my mother said back off, so the police said please back up, and then they started shooting, " adding, "and then the police just took me... they saw me run and they hurt my arm".

Officers shot and killed 23-year-old Korryn Gaines after she barricaded herself inside her apartment Monday with a 5-year-old boy and pointed a shotgun at officers. According to the police account, Gaines was wanted for "failure to appear" in court on a series of traffic violations.

Citing an "unprecedented number" of threats against his department, Baltimore County's police chief says he will not identify the officer who fatally shot a woman after an hourslong standoff at her apartment.

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Police say the boy was wounded in his left cheek and an elbow.

The standoff began when officers went to serve two arrest warrants for Gaines and her 39-year-old boyfriend, Kareem Courtney.

Police have also confirmed that they fired at Gaines first.

Police contacted Facebook, which deactivated the accounts Gaines was using to post video of the situation. He answered that it was the police and when she asked him what they were trying to do, he responded: "They're trying to shoot us".

The incident was still under investigation, police said. In the video, he says that after the police kicked the door down he hid in the closet.

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