Suspect Identified In West Virginia Sheriff Shooting

A suspect in the murder of a West Virginia county sheriff has been named by West Virginia officials, The Charleston Gazette reported Wednesday.

Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was shot and killed outside the county courthouse in Williamson, W. Va. on Wednesday. A witness told the Gazette he saw a man shoot Crum  “right in the head” in a parking lot. 

The suspect, Tennis Melvin Maynard, 37, of Delbarton, W. Va., was taken to a hospital after being shot by a Mingo County sheriff’s deputy. The deputy spotted Maynard in a car some time after Crum’s shooting, and “began to chase him,” according to the newspaper. Maynard then crashed his car, jumped out, and pointed a gun at the deputy. The deputy then shot Maynard several times.

West Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous told the Gazette that Maynard’s condition was unknown. 

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