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