After the shooting death of 23-year-old Baltimore, Maryland resident Korryn Gaines, new reports suggest that the woman — who engaged in a police standoff Monday — suffered from long-term mental and behavioral effects from lead poisoning.
According to NBC News, during the Aug. 1 standoff, the 23-year-old recorded a video of her talking to her now-wounded 5-year-old as officers were trying to serve arrest warrants.
The Instagram video was posted to her profile. Gaines’ followers encouraged her not to comply, said Police Chief Jim Johnson.
In addition, new developments show that the Baltimore Police Department confirmed that they asked Facebook to suspend her account immediately after her death.
Officers claim the Baltimore resident held them at bay with a 12-gauge pistol grip shotgun during the standoff. After she threatened them, officers fired first. Atlanta Black Star reported that Gaines returned fire and officers shot 3 rounds, killing her.
However, cops claim they are not sure who wounded the 5-year-old child. Johnson said officers did not know where the child was during the multiple-hour standoff.
The most startling development in the shooting reveals that Gaines suffered from behavior-altering lead poisoning.
NBC News reports that Gaines filed a lawsuit against former landlords about inhabitable living conditions. A doctor on her behalf said that she “was exposed to a sea of lead-contaminated houses.”