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W.Va. Sheriff Shot, Killed Eating Lunch

April 03, 2013  | 

Photo via Sheriff Eugene Crum/Facebook.
Photo via Sheriff Eugene Crum/Facebook.

A West Virginia sheriff known for cracking down on the drug trade in the state's southern coal fields was fatally shot in a drive-by Wednesday while eating lunch with a deputy in his squad.

Mingo County (W.Va.) Sheriff Eugene Crum was shot four times after a car pulled up alongside his vehicle on Third Avenue in Williamson. He was parked in a location where he usually stopped to eat lunch. The shooting occurred about a block from a county courthouse, reports WKYT.

Suspect Tennis Melvin Maynard, 37, was taken into custody after a short pursuit, reports the Associated Press.

Crum was known for a tough enforcement program known as Operation Zero Tolerance and in 2012 the prosecutor's office saw the third highest number of felony convictions in Mingo County history, reports WOWK.

Comments (36)

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Joe T @ 4/3/2013 2:41 PM

What in the hell is going on! Prosecutors, assistants, corrections director, now a sheriff. We need to take some "proactive" steps regarding armed scuzzbags.

Marlyn Mabile @ 4/3/2013 2:54 PM

That's what happens when our gun rights are trying to be taking away from us in America. The criminals holds all the weapons!

Bob @ 4/3/2013 2:58 PM

If the violent criminals would be sentenced to stay in prison much of this would not be happening. Instead they get out early and kill decent people, thanks bleeding heart liberals.

WVSheepdog @ 4/3/2013 3:06 PM

RIP Sheriff Crum, we've got the watch from here. Open season has been declared on law enforcement. Brothers and Sisters in Blue, watch your backs and be safe. God bless and watch over us all.

Chicago Sam @ 4/3/2013 3:08 PM

God Bless this Sheriff and all who guard the peace.

Bill @ 4/3/2013 3:10 PM

It's simple...Our criminal justice system is simply breaking down, slowly but surely....I guess this is what the American people want....This is what happens when you don't vote and let the losers take over...Get used to it…

Mike @ 4/3/2013 3:15 PM

and Why in the hell did that scumbag get 'taken into custody'.. we can all think of a much better path.

Dan Alaveez @ 4/2/2013 3:24 PM

The suspect should have been shot dead. No trial.

Boston @ 4/3/2013 3:25 PM

What the hell shoot and kill everyone! The worst you get these days is a prison sentence, television, clean bed, fitness training equipment, college education and health care. If your from Massachusetts, drum roll please hormone shots and a sex change operation. Time to start executing these people no LEO deserves this and it feels and smells like Mexico. Whats it take to wake people up in this country?

Don Boswell @ 4/2/2013 3:26 PM

Having served 25 years in local, state and federal law enforcement, including sheriff of a large jail, and earning a Ph.D. in public administration, I believe the biggest failure is the federal courts' refusal to accept the fact that the 13th amendment explicitedly allows convicted criminals to be treated like slaves as punishment. The federal courts have wrongly extended so many rights to criminals that going to jail or prison in this country has absolutely no deterence or punishment value. We lock up more criminals than any other country in the world and it doesn't work except to breed the most vicious criminal class ever known. Those who ratified the 13th amendment knew about the 8th amendment and clearly did not consider slavery cruel and unusual punishment for criminals. If we actually start punishing criminals, we won't need to spend so much on corrections, have revolving door justice, or see such brazen criminals. We need to make incarceration so horrible that the worst criminals fear it. The federal courts should uphold the 13th amendment and allow hard labor and corporal punishment to enforce it.

Jeff Lewis @ 4/3/2013 3:30 PM

This is what we get when we refuse to secure our borders and ports of entry, and create a black market for things the Constitution doesn't grant the government the authority to prohibit. The Drug War is a failure, and only serves to create criminal enterprises, and places the public and law enforcement in the cross hairs. The drug wars in other countries isn't coming to America... it's here. By all means honor Sheriff Crum's service, and mourn his loss, but don't use that as an excuse to continue supporting failed unconstitutional policies.

Peacemaker @ 4/3/2013 3:32 PM

To Mike....He was taken into custody because we are professionals in law enforcement. RIP Sheriff. Brother's ans sister's in blue, be careful out there and watch each other's back. We all walk a Thin Blue Line. Any word on the deputy that was with the sheriff?

uslawman1983 @ 4/3/2013 4:03 PM

Jesus! We are being brutally reminded that we are the hunter AND the hunted. Stay safe, stay vigilant and stay armed! RIP Sheriff.

Tom Ret @ 4/3/2013 4:27 PM

The hard core criminals no longer fear law enforcement or the system.

Capt. crunch @ 4/3/2013 5:33 PM

May Sheriff Crum, rest in peace and suspect Maynard, rot in hell.

John Russell @ 4/3/2013 6:07 PM

Thing about W. Virginia is more powerful than 10000 snitches and 1 million law enforcement descending into that area is everybody knows everybody and who is who very strong fuedal tides and who ever it was is already know no question on Earth >?

Jim A @ 4/3/2013 6:57 PM

Prayers to the family, friends, department and community of Gene Crum.

For good guys to be free, bad guys need to be in jail. Or dead. It is that simple. Gun laws won't do it. The solution is jail time - or more severe measures. Liberalism is slowly (or not so slowly any more) killing America.

gary svejcar @ 4/3/2013 8:25 PM

as an officer our justice system is a joke. why dont we punish criminals and enforce the laws on the books. stop the plea bargains to get a conviction. if a subject is charged with dui then he should be prosecuted for dui period. if there is no evidence to prosecute then subject shouldn't have been charged. courts, states attorneys and police need to work together not fight with each other

R. Hillsman, M.D. @ 4/4/2013 3:46 AM

RIP Sheriff Crum..Most of the posts here are excellent. Let's remember this all starts at the top, yes POTUS, gun running ala Fast and Furious and finally we hear the legislators may finally hear some of the details of this ridiculous episode. W/out the many changes noted here, we may be under seige for many more years to come. Those who elected him a second time are to blame. let's let even more illegals in (see art. where congressman visits unofficially the border near Yuma, AZ. There he found steps and handrails to help the infiltraors across + documents in Sp. to help sign up for benefit programs---u couldn't make this stuff up! Secure border? BP shortly thereafter arrested 9 # Romanians just as the Congressman was leaving...Dr. Bob Hillsma,M.D.

Sgt. Mike @ 4/4/2013 4:59 AM

RIP Sheriff Eugene Crum.

I hope everyone learned from the obvious mistake made by the Sheriff, don't be predictable. I'm not saying this to kick dirt on the Sheriff's grave, but to remind all of us that bad guys are out there, bad guys are watching, and bad guys want to hurt you.

@Don Boswell I agree 100%

Stay safe LEOs

Scott @ 4/4/2013 5:09 AM

Don Boswell,
You said it. Our country has fallen to these liberals who think criminals need to be treated like they are in a five star hotel. Well I say lets restructure our judicial system and start with firing all of these judges who do not impose stiff penalties and sentences on these criminals. As a law Enforcement officer for the past 25 years, I have arrested numerous criminals mulitiple times and they still are free. People complain if I walk up to their vehicle with my hand on my gun and I say I don't know you and you don't know me, so I'm ready. R.I.P. Sheriff Crum.

OFC TERRY F. ZECH @ 4/4/2013 5:17 AM

Rest in peace Sheriff Crum. My sincere condolences to your family and to your department. Godspeed as you now patrol the streets of gold. All right enough is enough if you kill a police officer or law enforcement official you give up your rights and you die.

DJ @ 4/4/2013 5:46 AM

Chicken S*** Bastards

retired d/c Bart @ 4/4/2013 5:56 AM

Lets keep taking our rights away from all the good people and not worry about the thugs. I bet he did not get a background check. Gun most likely stolen. Lets keep Sheriff Crum's family in our thoughts and 0prayers.Lets keep up the fight in protecting our constitutioinal rights to bear arms and get rid of all the liberal politicians in office. Our prayers are with the family. BE SAFE OUT THERE>>>>>>>

JACOB @ 4/4/2013 6:26 AM


Juan 10-13 @ 4/4/2013 6:30 AM

Peace be with you mi hermano. My best goes out to your familia. Stay vigilant and train your family to think and act like US! This is what the spine-less wonders...(lawyers,prosecutors and judges) have created! You hit it right on the cross hairs OFC TERRY kill a Law Enforcement have NO RIGHTS!

Chief S.R. Garcia @ 4/4/2013 6:42 AM

I agree with Mr. Boswell 100%. I leave in deep south Texas and see this type of attitude from xcons. As long as there is no "fear' and "shame", we will continue to have the same results. Too many bleeding hearts.

Trigger @ 4/4/2013 6:48 AM

Sheriff Crum may you rest in peace Brother. May the Good Lord hold you close.

Chief Seeley @ 4/4/2013 7:21 AM

Been a police officer for 38 years. Arrested a lot of criminals and some made it back on the street within a week. I agree our biggest problem is our court system, we need better and stronger laws. And yes there are too many Plea Bargains. Our prayers go out to Sheriff Crum's family and his department.

Steve @ 4/4/2013 7:42 AM

You are right on Mr. Boswell! The problem, as I see it at this time, is that those of us who clearly see the problem(s) have no "legal" recourse on fixing them. Contacting our political representatives is like spitting in the wind. All they want to do is talk about it, agreeing that there is a problem, but not being will to do anything about it. There are way too many attorneys holding political offices. There will never be anything done to correct the problems as long as that is the case. We can't even trust prosecutors anymore. Look at the plea deals that are done every day in every courthouse in this country. They don't even see the need to punish the perpetrators appropriately. And now their plan is underway to take law abiding citizen's weapons away from them to become victims of the scum that has been turned loose to do as they please. I'm glad I have been fortunate enough to see this country in a better time. I fear that my grandchildren will not be as fortunate.
Thank you Sheriff Crum, for your years of service and giving your life in that service! May you rest in peace!

Law Dog @ 4/4/2013 8:51 AM

The world is not what it used to be! You think by shooting officers your something differant. Your just cowards with a gun, thats all. Hopeful you take your own life. So we don't have to feed you until your put to death. To all others who think about shooting officers. We are ready for you. Don't think twice about what you cowards are to us.

[email protected] @ 4/4/2013 9:01 AM

RIP Sheriff Crum. Looks like we lost another "Good Guy" to vermin. @ Peacemaker, you are correct sir, we can't lower ourselves to the level of scum like maynard or we defeat the purpose of our Oath. Blues, Stay Safe.

westcoastleo @ 4/4/2013 1:34 PM

It will only get worse my brothers and sisters, the era of law enforcement as we know it is gone. "We" are the criminals, "We" are the wrong doers. "We" are the one responsible for all of this according to the dirty politicians and media.

Play safe and get the first shot out. Take good cover and shoot to kill.

S.S. @ 4/4/2013 2:44 PM

R.I.P. Sheriff Crum.

Christopher Clagg @ 4/6/2013 4:18 PM

Try & stop the OXY runners & the U.S. turns into Bogota. W.V. needs to bring back the death penalty for LEO killings if nothing else. I've retired in SC & moving back further upstate. If any department wants help getting rid of the SCUM I'll be happy to get my WV credentials back. To the family both blood & blue heartfelt condolences.

krisnlc @ 4/8/2013 9:46 AM

Along the lines of Don Boswell, who states "we need to make incarceration so horrible that even the worst will fear it". I somewhat agree with that.... I think that in our country we spend entirely too much money trying to make the notorious criminal comfortable in their sanction. Eventually those guys get out and then dont remember all that but instead realize that there is nothing out here for them, they no longer fit in among the normal, and spend their time joining more criminals...since they are the ones who accept them back into their cliches.... Anyhow, dont put the non violent in those that society is afraid of such as the one that shot this sheriff... why is that concept important, because it is for them (the ones society is mad at {non violent} that are in jail, that the liberals have decided to make jails and prisons more comfortable for .... so stop placing them in jail and prison, and only place the ones who deserve to be there.... remember an old saying... "$h!t is what is placed in prisons, and when $h!t, kills $h!t, no one gives a $h!t".... If only those that deserve to be there were in there, society would not spend billions of dollars worried about the comfortableness of prisons, but it would then possibly become a deterrant again. is it more difficult to think this out..yes, but it does work, look at the eastern countries and other countries around the globe who do not spend this money... but have less crime. and a final thought, the people who do this is because they realize that some times they get more in prison then they get in their own homes...for example... to see my doctor it is at least three weeks.... (i am a free man), for a prisoner to see his doctor, it is within 24 hours mandatory!... and no bill.

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