Notice how at the bottom of this article, ABC News felt it was necessity to point out that 13 of the 28 law enforcement deaths that have occurred this year are a result of a gun. I would prefer that the news organizations were able to keep their opinion out of the news and only report what is going on, but I suppose that is a bit too much to ask. Since they are being honest with us about the number of gun related law enforcement deaths, maybe they could add numbers like how many of these 13 deaths were at the hands of a law abiding citizen who was legally able to carry a gun? Maybe putting the facts into context is too much for a “news” agency.
Regardless of the hidden agenda of news organizations like ABC, our condolences and prayers go out to the family of this fallen hero.
West Virginia Sheriff Shot and Killed Outside Courthouse
By RUSSELL GOLDMAN | ABC News – 5 minutes ago
A West Virginia sheriff with a reputation for cracking down on drug dealers was shot in the head at point blank range and killed outside a county courthouse today, officials and witnesses said.
Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was shot and killed while sitting in his vehicle during his lunch break in the town of Williamson, state Delegate Harry Keith White told ABC News.
A witness told ABC News that he watched the suspect approach Crum’s car, where he was known to eat lunch, and fire twice into the vehicle. The suspect then calmly walked to his truck, described as a tan Ford ranger, and drove away.
Another witness, Larry Dove, told the West Virginia Gazette he saw a man shoot Crum “right in the head.”
The shooting suspect, identified as Tennis Melvin Maynard, 36, was wounded in a shootout with police, captured and taken to a hospital, West Virginia State Police spokesman Michael Baylous told ABC News.
After Maynard fled the shooting, he was “encountered by a Mingo County sheriff’s deputy” and crashed his vehicle into a bridge, said police. There he “raised his firearm and pointed it at the deputy. The deputy responded to that threat and shot the suspect.”
Crum was elected sheriff in January.
His death follows a string of high-profile assassinations of law enforcement officers and prosecutors in recent weeks, including two Texas prosecutors and the chief of Colorado’s prison system.
Investigators from around the country are working to determine if there is any connection among the killings.
Since April 2, 2012, 28 police officers have been killed nationwide, according to preliminary data by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Of those deaths, 13 were caused by guns