Baltimore County police on Thursday released the last name of the officer who fatally shot Korryn Gaines in Randallstown last month.
The Baltimore County police officer who fatally shot Korryn Gaines last month is a 16-year veteran of the department who was also involved in a deadly shooting in 2007, the Police Department said Thursday.
Police officials identified him as Officer First Class Ruby of the Support Operations Division. The department does not release the first names of officers involved in shootings under an agreement between the county and the police union.
Gaines, 23, was killed inside her Randallstown apartment after an hours-long standoff with police. Her death has sparked protests and questions from civil-rights activists across the country.
Police waited an unusually long period of time before releasing Ruby's last name, citing threats against their personnel. The public identification of the officer came one month after Gaines was killed. Typically, the name is released within about 48 hours.
Police Chief Jim Johnson decided "we had reached a point both with the investigation and in terms of the safety issues that were concerning us several weeks ago that he felt it was time for him to release the name," spokeswoman Elise Armacost said. "It was a difficult decision for him to make," she added.
Officers went to Gaines' apartment Aug. 1 to serve warrants on her, stemming from a traffic stop, and on her boyfriend in connection to an alleged assault on Gaines. A standoff ensued, and police say Gaines threatened to kill Ruby and pointed her gun at him. He opened fire on her, and when she shot back, Ruby fired again, according to police.
Ruby also shot Gaines' 5-year-old son, Kodi, in the cheek while firing at Gaines, police said.
The case has drawn questions from groups including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which last month asked police for information and documents about the shooting and departmental policies.
Legal Defense Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill said Thursday she still has questions — including whether anyone with mental health expertise was with police, about details of the officers' entry into the home, and why Ruby opened fire when a child was nearby.
"There are still many questions in the case," Ifill said. "This is a young woman, a young mother who was in her home and who was being served with arrest warrants for misdemeanors."
According to police, Rothstein called 911 and said he was armed with guns, knives, pepper spray and a Taser. They said officers found him at Parkville Middle School, and negotiators began speaking with him.
Police said Rothstein pointed a weapon at officers at 3:29 a.m. after giving them an ultimatum that he would start shooting at 3:30 a.m. if he didn't get what he wanted.
Later, police discovered the weapon was a BB gun.
"It's just very hard for me to talk about," said Richard Rothstein, Adam Rothstein's father, when reached by phone Thursday. He declined to comment further.
At the time, police said Adam Rothstein might have been "agitated over issues surrounding a recent job loss."
Richard Rothstein told The Baltimore Sun in 2007 that his son had been rehired as a security guard and was expected to start work the week he was shot. He said his son suffered from bipolar disorder.