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Korryn Gaines was shot dead by police after she pointed a gun at officers on Tuesday, and their killer is now believed to be the same man who fatally stabbed two police officers in separate crimes in Maryland and Georgia in the last two days, police said.
Gaines, 23, was shot by a police officer on Tuesday after she pointed a gun at him, authorities in Maryland said.
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An hour later, Corey Bartee, 39, fatally stabbed two police officers while they were waiting at a traffic light in Woodville, about 40 miles (64km) south of Atlanta, authorities said.
They said Bartee was a suspect in the Woodville shootings.
Police identified Bartee on Thursday as the suspect in the Georgia killings.
“It is the same individual,” Montgomery County police spokeswoman Delphine Clyburn said. “We’re absolutely working that this person is the same suspect. We’re working to confirm that.”
She said Bartee used an AK-47 style rifle in the Woodville shootings.
Bartee was being held without bond on charges including attempted murder of a police officer.
Police said the officers had attempted to get Bartee to drop the gun he was holding, but he continued to wave it.
Gaines had fatally shot her nine-year-old son, Kayden, and stabbed her two-year-old daughter, Khari, before leaving the family’s home in Randallstown, Maryland, police said.
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Gaines carjacked an SUV in Maryland and led police on a short chase before running off, authorities said. Officers later spotted the stolen SUV, and Gaines pulled out a gun and pointed it at officers, police said.
“The individual pulled out a gun on our officers, pointing it at them,” Laurel, Maryland, police chief Richard McLaughlin said.
The officer shot Gaines once in the abdomen. Police said she died at a hospital.
McLaughlin said an officer shot to death in a traffic stop in Prince George’s county was fatally wounded while on foot after the suspect fled on foot from the car.
“One of our police officers drove to another location to initiate a pursuit,” Prince George’s county police commander Prince Hall told reporters on Wednesday. “[The suspect] was described by witnesses as possibly armed with a handgun, and he was down when we discovered him.”
About eight hours after the Maryland shooting, two police officers were stabbed in Georgia by a man they were trying to arrest, according to the state’s public safety department. Officers responded to a disturbance in a home in south Fulton County after being called to the home by a resident.
Officers found Bartee inside, Hall said. Bartee produced a weapon and stabbed two officers. One officer died from stab wounds, and the other was in critical condition.
The killing of two officers in the same day in Georgia appeared to be unusual, said Dr Jeffrey Harvey, chief medical examiner for Georgia.
“I don’t recall that happening,” Harvey said. “To have that occur in such a short amount of time is very rare.”