I’m saddened to say that Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum has been shot and killed today. Over the past few years I’ve had the honor of working closely with Sheriff Crum, first as a magistrate and just this year as the sheriff. As an Assistant Prosecutor, I have to say Eugene was one of the best sheriffs I have ever dealt with.
Sheriff Crum has dedicated his career to stopping the drug problem in Mingo County by establishing a drug task force and working closely with local police departments. His strong work ethic is best exemplified by eating lunch in his car every day just to observe a pill mill that had been shut down a few years ago to make sure it did not open its doors again. Unfortunately, this unselfish act became the scene at which he was killed in broad daylight.
As a fellow Mingo County resident, I can say the work Eugene did for this county will not perish and will be remembered for years to come. Now is the time to come together as a community and be there for one another – to remember and honor Eugene Crum.
I will continue to pray for him and his family in their time of need, and I ask all of you to do the same.