- Posted April 3, 2013 by
Mingo County WV shot and killed
UPDATE 4/4/13 @ 3:50 p.m.
WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Law enforcement and emergency officials tell WSAZ.com that Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum has been shot and killed.
The shooting happened about one block from the Mingo County Courthouse near the corner of 3rd and Harvey Streets about noon on Wednesday.
Officials tell WSAZ.com that Sheriff Crum was on his lunch break when he got shot.
West Virginia State Police say the suspect is Tennis Melvin Maynard, 37. He is currently being treated at Cabell Huntington for a gunshot wound.
Sr. Trooper Jeff Matheny tells WSAZ.com that a witness saw Maynard fleeing the shooting scene in a pickup and got his tag number.
Matheny says a Mingo County Sheriff Deputy then tried to pull the vehicle over at the intersection of Route 65 and Rockhouse Road.
Maynard then led the deputy on a chase through parts of Delbarton before both crashed into a barrier on the Dr. JR Bob Farley Memorial Bridge.
From there, both the deputy and Maynard got out of their vehicles. At that point, Trooper Matheny says the deputy shot Maynard.
No word if Maynard was armed at the time
Also, no word on Maynard’s condition.
There will be a candlelight vigil in honor of Sheriff Eugene Crum tonight at 8:30 pm on the front steps of the Mingo County Courthouse