Citing “an unprecedented number of threats” against its officers, the Baltimore County Police Department said Thursday that it would not release the name of the officer who shot Korryn Gaines to death. Chief James Johnson made the decision after the department received “threats and actions against specific officers and officials,” reports the Baltimore Sun. Officials also cited Gaines’ “anti-government sentiment” and the killings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La.
“We constantly balance the need for transparency with the need to protect investigations and safety,” Johnson said in a statement. “This is a situation where I feel we must err on the side of safety.” Police went to Gaines’ Randallstown home Monday morning to serve a warrant. After a seven-hour standoff, police say, officers and Gaines exchanged fire. Gaines, 23, was shot to death. Her 5-year-old son was wounded. Police said they were still investigating whether Gaines or an officer shot the child.