West Virginia sheriff fatally gunned down outside courthouse

By David Edwards
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 14:03 EDT
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Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum
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A West Virginia sheriff was shot and killed outside a courthouse in downtown Williamson on Wednesday.

According to WCHS-TV, Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum had been shot and killed at around 12:04 p.m.

A suspected shooter was also shot before being taken into custody. The condition of the suspect was not immediately known.

Officials told WSAZ that Crum had been on his lunch break when he was gunned down.

The Mingo County Courthouse was evacuated, but no other injuries were reported.

Crum was known for his Operation Zero Tolerance program targeting illegal drug trafficking.

State and county officials planned a news conference at 6:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday discuss the shooting.

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BREAKING: West Virginia Sheriff Shot Dead Outside Near Courthouse

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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