First prosecutors out west were gunned down, and now the Mingo County (WV) Sheriff has been murdered as well:
Law enforcement and emergency officials tell WSAZ.com that Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum has been shot and killed.
The shooting happened about one block from the Mingo County Courthouse near the corner of 3rd and Harvey Streets about noon on Wednesday.
Officials tell WSAZ.com that Sheriff Crum was on his lunch break when he got shot.
The suspect was shot attempting to flee the scene and is in custody. The Charleston Daily Mail reports Crum just assumed office in January, after first having been a magistrate and police chief of Delbarton, WV.
There isn’t any definitive signs of coordination between the Colorado shooting, the two separate Texas shootings, and this newest shooting in West Virginia, and I hesitate to ratchet up any hysteria unless there is an emerging pattern, but what the heck is going on?
Update: The Sheriff in question had built a reputation as being very tough on drug dealers, and he was gunned down at a spot he routinely lunched at where he could keep an eye on an area that was once a “pill mill.” It seems like Crum was a very good man, the kind of person we want in law enforcement. I’ll pray for his soul tonight, and for his family.