W.Va. sheriff shot, suspect is in custody

Associated Press

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — An emergency official says a West Virginia county sheriff has been shot and a suspect is in custody.

Mingo County Office of Emergency Services head dispatcher Willis Spence says Sheriff Eugene Crum was shot Wednesday within a block of the county Courthouse. Spence did not know Crum's condition.

Spence says the courthouse is closed and further information wasn't immediately available.

The shooting comes on the heels of a Texas district attorney and his wife being shot to death in their home over the weekend, and officials suspect a white supremacist prison gang. The killing happened a couple of months after one of the county's assistant district attorneys was killed near his courthouse office.

And less than two weeks ago, Colorado's prison chief was shot to death at his front door, apparently by a white supremacist ex-convict.

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