WILLIAMSON, W.Va. -- Rosie Crum was sworn in as interim sheriff Thursday night and vowed to continue the legacy her husband began in cracking down on the county's prescription pill epidemic.
Earlier Thursday, authorities filed first-degree murder and attempted murder charges against the man suspected of shooting Sheriff Eugene Crum as he ate lunch in Williamson on Wednesday.
Williamson residents, friends and family huddled under umbrellas in freezing rain to watch Rosie's swearing in and to pay respects to her late husband.
Mingo Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury, who swore Rosie Crum in, wept as he remembered Eugene Crum as a friend and a "passionate servant to the people of Mingo County."
Mingo County Commission President John Mark Hubbard said commissioners felt that Rosie Crum's appointment "was only proper and we felt that's what the people of Mingo County would want.
"The deputies have lent their support for this and now we ask for your support," Hubbard said during a news conference Thursday.
Crum's daughter, Julie Hall, shared a statement Thursday night asking for the county to continue its fight against drugs, just as her father had wanted.
"We all lost a mighty, mighty man," Hall said. "There's a chance that if you knew dad, he had impacted your life in some way."
The vigil ended with the crowd joining hands to sing "Amazing Grace." Rosie Crum stood by the courthouse as Mingo County sheriff's deputies saluted and welcomed her as their new leader.
Meanwhile, Williamson Police Chief Dave Rockel told reporters early Thursday that authorities aren't ready to speculate about the suspected shooter's motives.
Rockel said Tennis Melvin Maynard, 37, of Ragland, walked behind Eugene Crum's SUV parked along Third Avenue in downtown Williamson and fired two shots Wednesday.
Crum was pronounced dead at the scene and Maynard fled in his car along U.S. 52 toward Delbarton.
Maynard was sedated and on a ventilator Thursday but is expected to recover from gunshot wounds, State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous said.
Maynard was arrested Wednesday after crashing his car into a bridge near Delbarton. Baylous said a Mingo County sheriff's deputy followed him to Delbarton and shot him after Maynard jumped out of the car and pointed a gun at him.
He was in critical but stable condition at Cabell-Huntington Hospital Thursday, Rockel said. Upon his release, he will be charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder.
Rockel said Maynard apparently used a semi-automatic handgun but wasn't sure Thursday if the weapon had been purchased legally. Baylous said Maynard had a .40-caliber Glock handgun with two rounds missing from the magazine when he was arrested.
Rockel said all evidence shows Maynard acted alone and authorities are tracing his steps that led to the fatal shooting.
Melvin Maynard told the Associated Press his 37-year-old son was exposed to harmful chemicals and injured while working at an Alabama coal mine. He had no vendetta against law enforcement and most likely did not target Eugene Crum, Melvin Maynard said.