The Times West Virginian

West Virginia

May 8, 2013

W.Va. officer charged after crash found dead

WILLIAMSON — A Williamson police officer charged with drunken driving after crashing his cruiser in Kentucky has been found dead.

Williamson Police Chief Dave Rockel tells media outlets the body of 27-year-old Jefferson Taylor III of McCarr, Ky., was found Monday in his hometown. Kentucky State Police are investigating the cause of death.

Taylor was off duty when he crashed his cruiser on April 30 in Hardy, Ky. He was suspended without pay afterward.

Taylor had been with the department nearly two years.

Rockel believes Taylor had been staying in the area with his parents.

“We are deeply saddened by this event,” Rockel said. “Mingo County has had its share of tragedy. Our prayers go out with this.”

Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was fatally shot in downtown Williamson on April 3. Friends say he was shot to death in the spot where he parked most days, keeping an eye on a place that had been shut down for illegally dispensing prescription drugs.

A suspect, Tennis Maynard of Delbarton, was shot during a police chase afterward. Maynard was indicted late last month and remains at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

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