A week after a Baltimore County tactical officer shot and killed Korryn Gaines in her Randallstown apartment, the police department is continuing to withhold his name.

The agency has cited threats against police in keeping the officer's name secret.


The officer fatally shot Gaines, 23, on August 1 after an hours-long standoff. The officer also hit Gaines' 5-year-old son, Kodi, in the left cheek when he fired at Gaines. Police said Gaines pointed a shotgun at the officer and threatened to kill him.

Typically, within about 48 hours, the police department releases information including the last name, rank, and assignment of an officer involved in a shooting. However, under an agreement between the county and the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 4, county officers' first names are not released.

David Rose, second vice president for the union, said the contract provision is meant to strike "a balance" between transparency and officer safety.

The policy is unusual in the Baltimore region, where other large police agencies release full names of officers involved in shootings.

County Councilman Julian Jones, a Woodstock Democrat whose district includes Randallstown, has called for a review of the case. He said Monday he would defer to Police Chief Jim Johnson's discretion about when to release the officer's name.

"If he wants to withhold that information now, I don't see an issue with it," Jones said.

Jones said he has asked the police department and the state's attorney's office to hold a community meeting about the shooting "once the investigation is closed" because constituents have concerns about how the situation was handled.

"The question becomes, was this the best possible outcome to this scenario?" Jones said. "Most of us would agree that this was not the best outcome."