WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — State police say the man suspected of gunning down a West Virginia sheriff pulled a weapon on a deputy who shot him.
Authorities didn't reveal the condition of the suspect, 37-year-old Tennis Melvin Maynard. West Virginia State Police Capt. David Nelson said Maynard was taken to a local hospital, where he remained Wednesday evening.
Nelson said Maynard crashed into a bridge, held up a gun as he got out of the vehicle and was shot.
State police say Maynard is suspected of killing Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum. The sheriff was gunned down Wednesday in the spot where he usually parked and ate lunch in Williamson.
Crum was elected last year and has been cracking down on the drug trade, but it's unclear whether his death was related to the new Operation Zero Tolerance.