CHILLICOTHE, OH — The American Drug War claimed another casualty when a woman was shot in the head while sitting on a couch by an incompetent police officer, who fired his weapon through an exterior wall prior to raiding the home.
At about 10:30 p.m. on December 11th, a group of cops calling themselves the U.S. 23 Task Force swarmed the residence and prepared to break in and capture people for possessing drugs. One of the officers, Sgt. Brett McKnight, an 11-year-veteran of the Ross County Sheriff’s Office, negligently handled his weapon and fired a round through the exterior wall of the mobile home.
Krystal Barrows from Chillicothe, OH. (Source: Myspace) Krystal Barrows from Chillicothe, OH. (Source: Myspace)
The bullet traveled into the residence and struck a woman sitting on a couch. Krystal Marie Barrows, 35, of Chillicothe, was “in critical condition” and flown by helicopter to Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, where she died the following day.
No one inside the home fired back, the Chillicothe Gazette reported. Six individuals were arrested for prohibition crimes.
Ross County Prosecutor Matt Schmidt said the round was not intentionally fired, and it’s unclear whether the gunfire was the result of a weapon malfunction or user error. But anyone with any knowledge of firearms would understand that following the most basic safety rules completely eliminates the possibility of such things happening.
The four laws of firearms safety, as commonly taught by instructors across the country, are listed below. These are taught within the first 10 minutes of any responsible Day #1 firearm training class.
Always treat the gun as if it were loaded.
Never point the gun at something you are not prepared to destroy.
Keep your finger of the trigger and outside the trigger guard until your sights are on the target.
Be sure of your target, and what is behind your target.
It would be impossible for a “malfunction” to wound Barrows if Sgt. McKnight were following basic safety guidelines. The muzzle of his gun should not be aiming at a home, nor should his finger have been near the trigger. By his negligence alone did Barrows get shot.