Monday, December 16, 2013

Drug Raid ‘Accident’ Kills Young Mother

Woman struck by officer’s stray bullet

Adan Salazar
December 16, 2013

A botched drug raid led to the death of a young mother in Ohio last week, police claim.

Krystal Barrows, via Facebook
Krystal Barrows, via Facebook

Last Wednesday night, police in Chillicothe were on the verge of executing a heroin bust when 11-year Ross County Sheriff’s Patrol Sgt. Brett McKnight’s gun went off accidentally, killing 35-year-old Krystal Barrows who sat inside the home.

According to Matt Schmidt, legal counsel for the Ross County Sheriff’s department, it didn’t appear shots were fired at officers from within the trailer, although he did not physically witness the event.

The stray bullet passed through the outer wall, striking Barrows in the head and leaving her “in critical condition.” Moments later, she died at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

As bungled as the U.S. 23 Task Force raid was, the idea to conduct the raid didn’t just come to law enforcement overnight. Police had reportedly carried out a “lengthy and ongoing investigation by the sheriff’s office and the task force” before mounting the offensive.

Once inside, police said they found about 11 people, including one man who possessed a loaded weapon, in addition to firearms, “multiple drug abuse instruments, large sums of cash” and “large amounts of what is presumed to be heroin.”

“McKnight has been placed on paid leave for the time being,” reported The Daily Caller.

While the raid reportedly did net vast amounts of drugs, weapons and bad people, the repercussions of this bungled chapter of the war on drugs will forever affect the lives of Barrow’s four children.

Her son Patrick posted the following on Facebook after his mother’s death:

When my mom was alive she was always trying to find ways to help people when she was a nurse and even in death my momma saved two peoples lives today because she was an organ donor I love you momma R.I.P i miss you


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