BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Baltimore County judge has overturned a $38 million wrongful death award to the family of Korryn Gaines.
Gaines was shot and killed by Baltimore County Police in 2016 during a six-hour standoff at her Randallstown apartment, after pointing a shotgun at officers trying to serve an arrest warrant.READ MORE: Friends, Family Remember Lost Baltimore Firefighters In Procession To Funeral Homes
Her family sued Baltimore County Police, claiming that officers used excessive force when they fatally shot her and injured her 5-year-old son, Kodi.
The jury sided with the family.
One year ago, Gaines’ family was awarded $38 million in damages, including $33 million to her son, Kodi, $4.5 million to her daughter, Karsyn, and $9,000 to her parents and estate.READ MORE: Advocates Call For Eviction Moratorium For Afghan Refugees In Baltimore As They Wait On Documents, Benefits
Now, Mickey Norman, a Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge, has dismissed the family’s claims against the county, and against Corporal Royce Ruby Jr. who fatally shot Gaines.
Norman cited “Qualified Immunity” which shields law enforcement and government officials from civil liability when carrying out their duties.
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