Search continues in slaying of ME deputy sheriff

29 April, 2018, 01:50 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Law Enforcement personnel leave Wednesday to search for John Williams

Hunting has been suspended in parts of three towns in Central Maine where the manhunt continued Friday for a fugitive wanted for the fatal shooting of a deputy sheriff, state environmental officials said. Police described Williams as "armed and extremely risky". Eugene Cole to death Wednesday morning in Norridgewock, Maine.

The sheriff's department, on its Twitter feed, also announced "the suspect in the Somerset shooting has been apprehended".

"If John Williams is listening to me, I'd like to address him directly", Lancaster said. The cruiser was later found abandoned in Norridgewock. "We are willing to listen", he said.

Lancaster said 175 to 200 officers from multiple agencies have been working on the case.

State Police Lt. Col. John Cote said authorities have interviewed family and friends of Williams and now have a good understanding of his whereabouts and activities in the 24 hours leading up to the shooting. Cote said they are looking for people who may have had contact with him afterward, from 2:30 a.m. Wednesday on, saying they are "critically important".

During a media briefing Friday night, police said they plan to have a large presence in the area. A state police spokesman declined to confirm or deny details of her story.

He said officers have been assigned to area schools.

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Cole's handcuffs were used in the arrest, authorities said.

Williams, of Madison, Maine, allegedly drove Cole's police cruiser to rob the Cumberland Farms convenience store in Norridgewock, Maine, before dumping the auto on a remote road, where police found it around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

"He was certainly struggling with addiction", she said, "and it seemed to get progressively worse from September to after Christmas when he was asked to leave".

Police said they received 13 calls from the public overnight related to Williams' possible whereabouts and hundreds of calls in response to a $20,000 reward offered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for information leading to Williams' arrest. He was released on bail and expected in court on Wednesday.

The suspect had been scheduled to appear Wednesday in a MA court related to a March 22 arrest on suspicion of having a gun without a license.

On Friday morning, Lancaster reached out to Williams.

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