"For some people that's buying a gun," Plants said. "For some it's a ball bat. Take typical safety measures-security system and every waking minute being very conscious of the potential dangers out there."
Kanawha County Sheriff John Rutherford said he didn't know Crum, but all officers consider themselves family.
"Our first thoughts are with him and his family," Rutherford said. "But we're all a family, not just us but all law enforcement across the state."
Rutherford said Crum's shooting, following news of other shootings of officials in Texas and Colorado, sends a strong message.
"Well, it's a societal problem," he said. "It's around the country, and we have these problems in West Virginia.
"In the last five years we've had officers involved in shootings," the sheriff said. "Everybody has to understand it's a different world we live in now. And there are threats against law enforcement."
Rutherford said his department would do nothing different now, but continue to emphasize training and equipment.
"In Kanawha County we have a county commission that works well with the sheriff's office," he said. "Anything we suggest to protect our deputies, they follow our advice.
"I wouldn't say I'm nervous," Rutherford said. "But every day you worry about the deputies and officers trying to do their jobs. Calls can turn into very dangerous situations."
U.S. District Attorney Booth Goodwin issued a statement after the murder Wednesday.
"It's shocking any time a law enforcement officer is killed. I've spoken to Colonel Smithers and the West Virginia State Police will be leading the investigation into the matter.
"I've pledged the assistance of my office and other federal investigative agencies as such assistance is needed," Goodwin said.
Last month, Goodwin's office announced that the woman connected with the pill mill Crum was watching pleaded guilty. Myra Miller, 49, of Williamson was the office manager for Dr. William f. Ryckman of Pennsylvania, who was writing illegal prescriptions for hydrocodone and Xanax.
On March 19, Goodwin said, "This pill mill did enormous harm across a wide swath of our state and beyond. Every time we put a law-breaking doctor or clinic out of business, it's a big step toward getting this problem under control."
The doctor was sentenced a year ago to six months in prison followed by one year of probation. Miller faces up to four years in prison and a $250,000 fine when sentenced on June 18.
Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.