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Opinion This week in drug raids: A dead cop, a dead suspect, a wounded cop and a terrified, hospitalized grandmother

The beat goes on.

A sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot and another was injured while serving a warrant in Indiana early Sunday, officials said.
The shooting took place just after midnight in a trailer park in the town of Russiaville, about 60 miles north of Indianapolis, according to the Howard County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Carl Koontz underwent surgery immediately after the shooting but died from his wounds, Sgt. John Perrine, an Indiana State Police spokesman, said about noon Sunday.
Koontz and Buckley were able to return fire, and the suspect — who hasn’t been identified — was later found dead, officials said. Police officers and deputies managed to get into the trailer to retrieve the two injured men, and for about two hours they tried to reach the suspect, who was still inside, NBC station WTHR reported.

So what awful crime had this suspect committed that could merit serving the warrant only by forcibly entering the home after midnight?

The warrant the two deputies were serving was for possession of a syringe, according to WTHR.

So a deputy is dead, a suspect is dead, and a third deputy was seriously wounded because a guy failed to appear in court after he was arrested for possessing a syringe. The Indianapolis Star reports that the suspect had prior arrests for drug possession. Not distribution. Just possession.

Meanwhile, in Chicago:

An 82-year-old great-grandmother from Chicago was given the scare of her life when gun-toting cops broke down her door in search of someone else.
Elizabeth Harrison remains in the hospital after she says police raided the wrong house on Friday in search of a man she didn’t know.
“They were there with the guns drawn: ‘Put your hands up! Put your hands up! Put your hands up!’ ” Harrison told ABC News from her hospital bed in Chicago.
“They wanted me to produce this young man that they were looking for. And they would not take no for an answer that I didn’t know him.”
Doctors are monitoring her heart rate after the frightening incident.

And who was this suspect who was so dangerous that he could be apprehended only by kicking down a door?

In a bizarre twist, the man police were looking for walked up to the officers as they were explaining to Harrison’s family how they can fill out paperwork to file a claim to get her door fixed . . .
Linda Channel, Harrison’s daughter who lives on the same block as her and rushed over following the raid, said the “target” told cops they had the wrong house . . .
“You all came to the wrong house. I live at 126, and this is 136,” Channel told ABC, quoting the man.

In the end, the police didn’t even arrest him, due to lack of evidence. Harrison is lucky she’s still alive. She isn’t the first innocent grandmother to be wrongly raided. Or the second. Or the third.

She also wouldn’t have been the first grandmother to be killed in a mistaken drug raid. Or the second. Or the third. Or the fourth.

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