Julia Roberts Goad
DELBARTON — The man authorities believe shot Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum to death has been caught and shot in Delbarton after a high speed pursuit.
Witnesses say the suspect, after shooting Crum as he sat in his car, fled the scene, driving toward Delbarton.
Eyewitnesses in Delbarton said a gold Ford Ranger pickup truck was traveling south on state Route 65 through the town, followed by an unmarked police car. The pickup drove up between the former BB&T bank building and the building that houses the Ideal Barbershop and toward a bridge, in the direction of Ragland. The police stopped the pickup by forcing it into the side of a bridge. Witnesses say Mingo County Sheriff’s Department Corporal N. Mines approached the vehicle and shots were fired. Mines said the suspect pulled a gun. The driver of the pickup was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Logan. His condition remains unknown.
The Williamson Police Department told the Daily News the suspect’s name is Tennis Maynard of Ragland.
Crum, who took office at the beginning of the year, has led an effort dubbed Zero Tolerance. His crusade to address the drug problem in the county has brought a lot of attention to the sheriff. A motive for the murder has yet to be determined.