West Virginia Sheriff Shot & Killed, Suspect In Custody

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.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A state official says a West Virginia county sheriff has been shot to death and a suspect is in custody.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's chief of staff, Rob Alsop, says state police told the governor that Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum died Wednesday.

Mingo County Office of Emergency Services head dispatcher Willis Spence says the shooting was in Williamson within a block of the county courthouse.

Alsop says the suspect also was shot and was taken to a hospital.

The shooting comes on the heels of a Texas district attorney and his wife being shot to death in their home over the weekend, and officials suspect a white supremacist prison gang. Those killings happened a couple of months after one of the county's assistant district attorneys was killed near his courthouse office.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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