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West Virginia sheriff shot and killed near courthouse

April 03, 2013|By Matt Pearce

A West Virginia sheriff was shot and killed Wednesday near the Mingo County courthouse in the town of Williamson, officials said.

The Williamson mayor's office told the Los Angeles Times that the victim was Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum.

A Mingo County emergency dispatcher said that a suspect had also been shot and taken into custody, though those details could not be immediately confirmed with other law enforcement. The suspect's condition was not known.

The midday shooting happened on Harvey Street near the county courthouse in Williamson, which is the southwest part of the state along the Kentucky border.

State Delegate Harry Keith White told the Charleston Daily Mail that Crum liked to sit and eat lunch in the same spot each day.

The Williamson Police Department, West Virginia State Police and the  Sheriff's Department could not immediately be reached for comment.

The attack on Crum comes after a series of high-profile attacks on law-enforcement officials across the United States, including the doorstep slaying of Colorado's prisons chief and the slayings of two Kaufman County, Texas, prosecutors.

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