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Sheriff's Accused Killer Had Mental Problems

April 04, 2013  | 

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

The man accused of killing a West Virginia sheriff Wednesday had spent time in a psychiatric hospital and experienced mental problems caused by exposure to harmful chemicals, media outlets are reporting.

Tennis Melvin Maynard, 37, was taken into custody for fatally shooting Mingo County (W.Va.) Sheriff Eugene Crum while the sheriff was eating lunch with a deputy. Maynard was captured by the deputy after a short pursuit.

Maynard's father, Melvin, told WSAZ late Wednesday that his son has had mental health problems for a few years after he was in a work-related accident at an Alabama coal mine where he was exposed to dangerous chemicals. In a follow-up interview with the Associated Press, Melvin Maynard said his son didn't have a grudge against law enforcement.

"He would have probably shot anybody, the first one he come to, you know what I'm saying?" the elder Maynard said. "I know he was off. I know he should have been in a hospital."

CNN is quoting an unnamed source claiming that Maynard spent time at a state hospital for mental health issues within the last couple of years.

Maynard is also facing an attempted murder charge for firing at the deputy. A Glock .40-caliber handgun was reportedly used by Maynard.

Tags: Mingo County (W.Va.) Sheriff, Mentally Ill Subjects, Assaults on Officers


Comments (7)

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Jim Davenport @ 4/4/2013 2:33 PM

Hmmmm...and obama and others don't believe there's a problem with the mentally ill and guns! Much more has to be done to alert the public and law enfocement to the potential threat of some mentally ill persons. T

Jack Lanier @ 4/4/2013 6:05 PM

As the article articulates, the suspect might have had psychosis brought about by the inhalation of toxic fumes (perhaps from cooking meth), but he right out murdered a law enforcement official (Sheriff). How stupid and ignorant must the gun-grabbers be to think that it is the guns which are the root cause of the disease!!?

therookie @ 4/5/2013 1:28 PM

Why wasn't he he in a hospital? To many of these killers have mental illness and the courts do not do anything about it. Sheriff Crum and any L.E.O. can't do their job safely when the courts do not help. Arizona, Colorado, Newtown, & now this? Legislators are blaming guns when it is their FAULT period!!! Sad & scary time to be a L.E.O. At times like this I'm content with being reitired.

Ima Leprechaun @ 4/5/2013 4:32 PM

A gun probably bought by a completely leagl NRA member.

Bob@Az. @ 4/7/2013 7:24 PM

ima, What a brilliant statement! So all gun owners belong to the NRA? Or maybe to the FOP? I sure hope that , if your really LE, you ride a desk and are not out on the streets. Blues, Stay Safe.

Sky @ 4/8/2013 7:46 AM

If the Leprechaun is an LEO I am disappointed. It has nothing to do with the NRA. If you are anti gun and are an LEO how do they let you on the street with a weapon? you should quit and let a real crime fighter get the job. A real LEO can appreciate the fact that sometimes they don't come home at EOW. If you are not an LEO you sound like one of those who calls the police so an LEO can put his or herself in the line of fire to come and save you. If you're the latter show some respect for the Sheriff who was murdered and for all his relations.

Capt. Crunch @ 6/19/2013 10:34 AM

Davenport, yes we have a major problem with the mentally ill and it should be corrected. But put the gun issue aside for a minute and blame the right party it was Reagan, who let the crazies out of the hospitals and now in 2013 we have a republican named Paul Ryan that wants to take our pensions away and a republican congress who caused the US Post Office to go bankrupt. But I agree with most people that guns don't kill people its people that kill people, just like cars don't kill people their drivers do. What we need is another Harry Truman for president.

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