The $38 million awarded to Korryn Gaines’ family via a wrongful death verdict has been overturned by a Baltimore County Judge.
Gaines was shot and killed after a six-hour standoff with Baltimore County Police. She allegedly pointed a shotgun at officers who were trying to serve her an arrest warrant.
After her passing, Gaines’ family filed a wrongful death suit claiming officers used excessive force against the 23-year-old and her 5-year-old son Kodi, who was injured during the tragic incident.
The jury eventually sided with the family, who was awarded $38 million in damages – $33 million to Kodi, $4.5 million to her daughter, Karsyn, and $9,000 to her parents and estate. A year later, Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Mickey Norman moved to dismiss the claims made against the officers, particularly Corporal Royce Ruby Jr., who fatally shot the young mother.
According to CBS Baltimore, the judge cited “Qualified Immunity,” shielding law enforcement and government officials from civil liability when carrying out their duties.