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Sheriff Killed While Eating
Lunch in his Vehicle
Police and Law Enforcement News
Thursday, April 4, 2013
  12:22 a

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.

From CNN:

(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 said.

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.






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