Police: W.Va. sheriff slaying suspect acted alone

April 4, 2013

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — Police say witnesses told investigators that a West Virginia man was alone when he fatally shot a sheriff eating lunch in his patrol car.

Mingo County Drug Task Force Commander and Williamson Chief of Police Dave Rockel says police still don't know why Tennis Melvin Maynard shot Sheriff Eugene Crum. But they don't believe Maynard had an accomplice.

Rockel says Williamson police have charged the 37-year-old Maynard with first-degree murder. State Police have charged Maynard with attempted murder for allegedly pulling a gun on a sheriff's deputy who then shot and wounded him.

Rockel says Maynard remains at a Huntington hospital.

Maynard's father, Melvin Maynard, has said his son suffered from mental health problems and did not have a vendetta against law enforcement.