Members of the U.S. 23 Task Force raided a known drug house along U.S. 23 in southern Ross County late Wednesday night. As soon as they got inside, they found a woman with a head wound on the couch in the living room.
"It was discovered later that a bullet had accidentally discharged from outside the door of the trailer and went through the outside wall of the trailer and into the living room," said Ross County Sheriff George Lavender.
The bullet struck Krystal Barrows in the head. She was flown to OSU Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, but she died from her wounds.
... On Friday, BCI [Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation] identified the officer who fired the shot as Sgt. Brett McKnight, an 11-year veteran of the sheriff's office. He has been placed on paid administrative leave.
"I really believe that until today when we advised him what happened, I really believe he had no idea he was the one that fired the shot," Lavender said.
The sheriff says he was outside the home at the time of the raid and never heard a shot go off. He thinks it probably happened at the same time a flash-bang grenade was used as agents entered the home. Those devices are used to distract and confuse suspects.
Lavender says they had information that there were drugs in the home as well as weapons and an armed guard at the door.From the photo that accompanied the story, the "large quantity" of drugs appears to have amounted to 7 or 8 prescription pill bottles, and one of those containers to sort pills so you know which ones to take each day.