By Rick Ritter

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– A jury in the wrongful death civil trial of Korryn Gaines has awarded her family $37 million.

The jury found Friday that the first shot Baltimore County Cpl. Royce Ruby fired at Gaines was not objectively reasonable.

Gaines was killed during a six-hours standoff in 2016 at her Randallstown apartment after pointing a shotgun at officers trying to serve an arrest warrant stemming from a traffic stop that included disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Photos from the scene were released Friday by family attorney J. Wyndal Gordon.

Courtesy: J. Wyndal Gordon

Courtesy: J. Wyndal Gordon

Attorneys for Gaines’ family claimed officers used excessive force when they fatally shot her and injured her 5-year-old son, Kodi Gaines. They also say Baltimore County police were reckless, irresponsible and violated her rights by illegally entering her apartment.

“My daughter will never be back, I don’t care how many dollars they give us — $38, $108 million, I couldn’t get my daughter back if I begged for it,” said Korryn’s mother, Rhanda Doremus.

Gaines’ son will receive $32 million of the $37 million.

County prosecutors previously found Officer Ruby’s shooting legally justified and charges weren’t filed.

An all-female jury was seated in the civil trial and only took a few hours to deliberate three-weeks worth of testimony.

“We’re ecstatic,” said Gordon, who wore a Colin Kaepernick jersey while making his remarks outside the courthouse. “This was a long journey to justice. A lot of hard work. A lot of sleepless nights… the jury did their work, they came up with a verdict that they believe was fair. They came up with an award that they felt was just. And we don’t have anything else to ask.”

The family does say they would still like to see Officer Ruby fired, however.

“This guy knowingly assassinated my daughter and injured my grandson,” said Doremus.

Gordon called Ruby a sick individual and an evil person.

The family says the verdict makes a statement like never before.

“This is a great statement on behalf of many who have been victimized by police officers,” said family attorney Kenneth Ravenell.

Shortly after the verdict came down, Baltimore County Attorney Mike Field issued the following statement.

“A mother died, a child was unintentionally injured, and police officers were placed in mortal danger. By any account, this was a tragic situation. The County is disappointed with the verdict and is reviewing all of its options, including an appeal.”

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Comments (17)
  1. James Burns says:

    The loser is the Baltimore county Tax payer.

  2. Steve Somay says:

    So I guess its 0k to point a dangerous weapon that KILLS at Police officers.This is justified !!

    Hundreds of Police Officers are Murdered in domestic calls such as this ONE across this country. This is BS

    1. And arrest warrant is not a search warrant she was exercising her constitutional protected rights

  3. Jay Meek says:

    believe me it will all be overturned on appeal. she signed her death warrant when she threatened the officers with a loaded shotgun. I can’t imagine any jury siding with the defense. this is one reason why there is no justice in this country to side with a violent woman who put herself and her child( who she and family claim to adore so much) in harms way by threatening to kill police officers doing their sworn duty. Only an idiot could have lost this case for the county. If you want an example of racism in our legal system this is it. its all here is this ridiculous decision that will be overturned on appeal.

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