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Feds looking into W.Va. suspect's gun application

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A federal prosecutor says he's investigating whether a man charged with killing a West Virginia sheriff lied on a gun application in violation of U.S. law.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Thursday he wants to look at the form filled out by 37-year-old Tennis Melvin Maynard, including whether he was truthful about his personal information.

Maynard is accused of shooting Sheriff Eugene Crum on April 3 as the lawman ate lunch in a downtown Williamson parking lot.

Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks has said Maynard wasn't allowed to own a gun but wouldn't disclose why. Maynard's father has said his son had mental problems and had previously been in an institution.

Federal law prohibits the sale of firearms and ammunition to certain individuals with a history of mental illness.

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