Suspect In Sheriff’s Slaying Has Mental Issues, Father Says

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (April 4, 2013)—Tennis Melvin Maynard, 37, who’s suspected of killing a West Virginia sheriff, has mental health problems and doesn't have a vendetta against police, his father said Thursday.

Melvin Maynard said his son developed mental issues after he was exposed to chemicals on a job in Alabama.

The elder Maynard would not elaborate on what kind of mental health problems his son had, but said he believes his son would have shot the first person he saw.

Tennis Maynard is accused of shooting Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum to death on Wednesday in Williamson, W. Va.

A deputy shot Maynard in Delbarton after he crashed his car into a bridge during a chase.

State Police have charged Maynard with attempted murder for allegedly pulling a gun on the deputy.

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