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Sheriff Eugene Crum was shot and killed at point-blank range.

Suspect ID’d in sheriff’s fatal shooting

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. – 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.

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