BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Baltimore County police and prosecutors are now seeking private Facebook messages and other account information of the woman killed by police during a 7-hour standoff last month, according to our media partner The Baltimore Sun.
Authorities are reportedly trying to get their hands on the Facebook account of Korryn Gaines, including her inbox and Facebook Messenger chats through a search and seizure warrant.
Back on August 1st, investigators went to Gaines’ Randallstown apartment to serve her a warrant.
Police say when they arrived at the complex they found Gaines locked inside her home with her 5-year-old son and a shotgun.
After a 7-hour standoff–during which Gaines posted video to social media– she was shot and killed by officers after police say Gaines threatened them.
Gaines’ son was also shot during the standoff.
The incident sparked outrage and led to several threats being made against Baltimore County Police Department.
Documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun show a detective recently applied for a search and seizure warrant to access her Facebook account, but the attorney for Gaines’ estate is challenging that warrant, saying it’s improper after her death when all of the charges against her have been dropped.
Just days ago, Baltimore County police did identify the officer that fatally shot Gaines as officer first class Ruby, a 16-year-veteran of the department.
Baltimore County police are still investigating the shooting.
Ultimately, the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office will determine whether to file any charges against the officer.