Officer Mistakenly Shoots, Kills Woman In Ohio Drug Raid

| by Will Hagle

An Ohio woman was accidentally shot and killed by a police officer during a drug raid on a modular home in the Columbus area on Wednesday night. The woman, Krystal Barrows, was flown to a nearby hospital in critical condition but died from injuries resulting from the shooting soon thereafter. According to prosecutor Matt Schmidt, Barrows was likely shot unintentionally by the officer. 

The sheriff’s office has thus far declined to comment on the incident, but it occurred when the police raided a home in which Barrows and ten other individuals were staying on suspicion of drug activity. “Large amounts of heroin, drug instruments, cash and guns were recovered from the scene,” The Columbus Dispatch reports. 

The reason for which an officer discharged his weapon at the woman is still unclear. The Chillicothe Gazette reports that the sheriff’s office believes the firing of the weapon to be a result of “weapon malfunction or user error.” The name of the officer that fired the shot has not yet been revealed. 

Six individuals were arrested as a result of the raid and two were detained before ultimately being released. There was also a juvenile female in the building. Most of the individuals were charged based upon previous convictions, but one 23-year-old woman was charged with child endangerment for the presence of the juvenile in the home. 

More information regarding the incident is likely to unfold as Barrow’s family members and the Ross County police force further investigate the issue. Barrows has three young children and no significant arrest history.