Sheriff Deputy Placed On Administrative Leave After Accidental Shooting


UPDATED: Friday December 13, 2013 6:34 PM

Ross County's Sheriff says an accidental firing of a deputy's rifle mortally wounded a suspect in a drug raid.

Krystal Barrows, 35, died Thursday night at OSU Wexner Medical Center.

In a news release, Sheriff George Lavender, Jr explains what happened on Wednesday. He says agents from the U.S. 23 Task Force executed a search warrant at a mobile home. Agents suspected large amounts of heroin were being sold at the residence.

At some point an officer's gun went off outside the house. Lavender said when officers raided the home, they found Barrows sitting on the couch bleeding from her head. The bullet had traveled throug the mobile home walls and hit Barrows.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called in to investigate. An investigation linked the bullet casing to Sergeant Brett McKnight's gun. The 11-year veteran is on administrative leave during BCI's investigation.

The sheriff says six people were charged during the raid and "large amounts" of heroin were found, along with cash and guns.

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