Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks said earlier this year that Crum had "exceeded my highest expectations" and "provided a game-changing boost to our drug enforcement."
Delegate White said of Crum's work: "Drugs are a terrible plague and a scourge facing much of Southern West Virginia, but at least here in Mingo County, Eugene was working very hard to eradicate this problem prior to becoming sheriff (and) had stayed aggressive in his pursuit of stopping pill mills around the county."
The attack on Sheriff Crum comes less than a week after Texas District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were shot to death in their home.
And two weeks ago, the head of Colorado's prison system, Tom Clements, was gunned down in his home.
The men and women in law enforcement in this country put themselves at risk so the rest of us don't have to.
Assaults on them are de facto attacks on all who value safety and security.
The murders in Colorado and Texas, and now in our home state with Sheriff Crum, are shocking and barbarous. They are something more akin to a third-world country than a civilized state.
As Delegate White said, it is certainly a sad day, but it's also a day to be outraged.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.