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5 NEWS UPDATE: Mingo Co. Sheriff Fatally Shot, Suspect Charged
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on April 04, 2013 @ 10:51AM
Created on April 04, 2013 @ 1:52PM
Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum / WKYT - CBS News
 
Tennis Melvin Maynard

 
UPDATE 4/4/2012
 
WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) - State Police have charged the man accused of killing a West Virginia sheriff with attempted murder for allegedly pulling a gun on a deputy who chased and eventually shot him.
    
State Police Sgt. Michael Baylous said charges for the slaying of Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum will be filed separately by the Williamson Police Department.
    
The suspect is 37-year-old Tennis Melvin Maynard.
    
He was shot in Delbarton after crashing his car into a bridge during the chase with a deputy.
    
Authorities say he is being treated at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, but they have not commented on his condition.
    
Hospital spokesman Charles Shumaker refused to comment or confirm whether Maynard was a patient Thursday, citing federal privacy laws.
 
 
UPDATE 4/3/2012
 
WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) - State police say the man suspected of gunning down a West Virginia sheriff pulled a weapon on a deputy who shot him.
    
Authorities didn't reveal the condition of the suspect, 37-year-old Tennis Melvin Maynard. West Virginia State Police Capt. David Nelson said Maynard was taken to a local hospital, where he remained Wednesday evening.
    
Nelson said Maynard crashed into a bridge, held up a gun as he got out of the vehicle and was shot.
    
State police say Maynard is suspected of killing Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum. The sheriff was gunned down Wednesday in the spot where he usually parked and ate lunch in Williamson.
    
Crum was elected last year and has been cracking down on the drug trade, but it's unclear whether his death was related to the new Operation Zero Tolerance.
 
5 News Update:
 
WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) - State Police say the man suspected of shooting a West Virginia sheriff to death is in a hospital with gunshot wounds.
 
Sgt. Michael Baylous identified the man Wednesday as 37-year-old Tennis Melvin Maynard and said he was being treated at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington.
 
Baylous did not describe his condition but said Maynard was shot by a sheriff's deputy after a short pursuit in Delbarton that ended with Maynard crashing his car.
 
Maynard is suspected of killing Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum. The sheriff was gunned down Wednesday in the spot where he usually parked his car and ate lunch in Williamson.
 
Crum was elected last year and has been cracking down on the drug trade, but it's unclear whether his death was related to the new Operation Zero Tolerance.
 
Original Story:
 
WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) - A state official says Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum has been fatally shot and a suspect is custody.
 
According to CBS News, a person at the Mingo County Sheriff's Department confirmed Eugene Crum died after being shot in front of the courthouse in Williamson. 
 
West Virginia State Police reportedly say they've apprehended a suspect but have not yet released a name.  
 
Police say Crum was eating lunch in front of the Mingo County courthouse in his car when another vehicle pulled up beside him and a person inside apparently fired at the sheriff four times before fleeing the scene, CBS News reports.
 
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's chief of staff, Rob Alsop, tells The Associated Press the suspect also was shot and was taken to a hospital.  
 
Crum is known for his tough enforcement program known as Operation Zero Tolerance and in 2012 the prosecutor's office saw the third highest number of felony convictions in Mingo County history.
 
Spence says a news conference is planned for 6 p.m.

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Apr 04, 2013 at 12:07 AM
THIS is exactly the reason WV must stay focused on catching these drug users and dealers in the state. All police and officials should not be surprised that they are making a difference in destroying the illegal drug dealers' only source of income. ZERO Tolerance is what WV needs to stay focused on. This should have been taken on decades ago before it became such a huge problem.

Condolences to the Sheriff's family. Execute this murderer. Another REASON our Governor and Senators need to bring back the DEATH PENALTY!!! YOU LISTENING GOVERNOR TOMBLIN???????????????????????????
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