Former Ross Co. deputy charged with OVI had accidentally killed woman in 2013

ROSS CO., OH (WCMH)–A former Ross County deputy, recently arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence, has tragic ties to a Chillicothe family.

mcknightAccording to the Ross County Sheriff’s Office, Brett McKnight was involved in a crash while off-duty on May 1.

He has since been charged with OVI and failure to control.

Patsy Barrows-Wise is very familiar with McKnight.

In 2013, he was part of a team executing a search warrant in Ross County.

During that operation, McKnight is accused of accidentally firing his weapon and killing Barrows-Wise’s only daughter.

Krystal Barrows was 35.

“Nobody has answers for it,” she said.

A grand jury decided not to indicted McKnight.

Now, Barrows-Wise is watching his new legal battle closely.

“It [the arrest] was such a surprise,” Barrows-Wise said. “I just keep thinking that either the guilt’s getting to him, or that God’s getting him back.”

A federal lawsuit, regarding Barrows’ death, is pending against McKnight and the Ross County Sheriff’s Office.

On Thursday, a sheriff’s office spokesman said McKnight resigned from his position.

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