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Police during the Randallstown, Md. standoff (WBFF video framegrab)
Police during the Randallstown, Md. standoff (WBFF video framegrab)

Police asked Facebook to shut down woman's account while she live streamed deadly standoff



Korryn Gaines, 23, was shot and killed by police Monday. Here's the stop that led up to it.

Gaines barricaded herself in an apartment near Baltimore with a 5-year-old boy and her boyfriend. She was armed with a shotgun and live-streamed much of the standoff on Facebook Live.

Gaines was originally pulled over March 11 and charged with driving without a license plate. Instead of a plate, she had a handwritten cardboard sign warning government officials not to "compromise her right to travel," CNN reports.

She ended up facing a number of misdemeanors after that stop, including resisting arrest.

She also filed an assault charge against Kareem Courtney, 39, who was also in the apartment with her during Monday's standoff. 

On Monday, police attempted to follow through on warrants for both Gaines and Courtney.

After hours of negotiating, police entered her apartment, and Gaines pointed a shotgun at an officer. Gaines was shot and killed after she threatened to shoot, police said.

Police reportedly asked Facebook to temporarily shut down her account as well as her Instagram account -- and Facebook agreed, Heavy.com reports.

Her accounts were reactivated Tuesday, but many of the videos related to the event were taken down.

In one video, the boy says the police are "trying to kill us" in response to Gaines' question.

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The boy was wounded in the standoff and taken to a local hospital, where he is in good condition, CNN reports.

Police said the requests for suspending the accounts were to "preserve the integrity of the negotiations" as they attempted to resolve the standoff. Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said Gaines' followers were urging her not to listen to police. 

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