A report from the Montgomery County, Ohio, sheriff's office blames inadequate training and unreliable information for a drug raid that killed 23-year-old Clayton Helriggle.
Officers struggled during the West Alexandria raid from the start. Two officers performing surveillance on the house thought they were spotted before the raid began and another failed to ram the front door open, the report said. When they got in, police threw a flash-bang grenade and filled the house with smoke. Helriggle woke up and ran down the back stairs with a handgun, the report said. Lewisburg Sgt. Kent Moore saw the gun and fired his shotgun into Helriggle's chest, killing him, according to the report.
Although Helriggle was suspected of selling pot, the Associated Press reports, police found "only a small amount of marijuana"–"less than an ounce." Everyone knows you need at least an ounce to justify breaking into a man's home and shooting him dead.