At one time or another every cop has had to forego the restaurant
and grab something quick to eat in the car.
Yesterday, a sheriff in West Virginia was doing just that when a
vehicle approached and opened fire.
Mingo County Sheriff Walter E. "Eugene" Crum was killed after being
struck twice in the head.
The suspect was later chased
down by deputies and apprehended after being shot.
While it may be premature to
start sounding the siren, one can't help but notice the string of
recent ambush/assassination attacks on law enforcement officials.
In our blog we like to talk
about what a fallen officer could have done differently in
retrospect. But, here, a car pulled up to him. That's
it. It happens several times a shift.
Very sad. Rest in
peace Sheriff Crum.
(CNN) -- Investigators arrested a suspect but were still searching
for a motive Wednesday after a West Virginia sheriff known for his
tough stance on drug dealers was shot dead in his patrol vehicle.
Mingo County Sheriff Walter E. "Eugene" Crum was eating lunch just
blocks away from a courthouse when he was gunned down, officials
Tennis Melvin Maynard, 37, is accused in the killing, West Virginia
State Police First Sgt. Michael Baylous said.
The suspect parked his car close to the sheriff's SUV and shot
through the window twice, hitting the sheriff twice in the head,
according to a state official who was briefed on the investigation.
After a brief chase, Maynard was shot by a sheriff's deputy in
Delbarton, West Virginia, after he wrecked the vehicle he was
driving and raised his weapon, West Virginia State Police Capt. Dave
Nelson told reporters.
Maynard remained hospitalized Wednesday night after undergoing
surgery to treat multiple gunshot wounds, Baylous said.
Investigators were still trying to identify a possible motive. On
the way to the hospital, Maynard spoke with police, but Baylous
didn't specify what he said. Authorities were hoping to speak more
with Maynard now that he's out of surgery.