Sheriff's deputy shot dead responding to ME robbery - manhunt underway for suspect

Posted April 26, 2018

The last Somserset County sheriff's deputy to die in the line of duty was Charles Baker, in a vehicle crash in 1999.

A ME man went on a violent crime spree Wednesday when he shot a sheriff's deputy and then robbed a gas station, leading to a heated manhunt. He is Maine's 84th law enforcement line of duty death.

"Cpl. Cole served his community with honor", LePage's Twitter account reads.

The search for Williams now involves State Police, the Somerset County Sheriff's Department, the U.S. Marshal's Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation which has dispatched an aircraft to the scene.

Police have identified John Williams, 29, last known address in Madison, as the suspect.

Police are still searching for Williams, calling the Madison man armed and unsafe. Eugene Cole's fully marked police cruiser.

Police ordered Mill Stream Elementary School in Norridgewock to close Wednesday, and a section of Route 2 was closed as well.

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A man who authorities believe fatally shot a ME sheriff's deputy was due in court in MA following an arrest last month for several firearm charges.

This undated identification photo released by Maine State Police shows John Williams of Madison, Maine, who is being sought in connection with the shooting of a Somerset County sheriff's deputy very early Wednesday morning, April 25, 2018, in Norridgewock, Me. But the clerk tells us it was later reduced to 5,000.

Police are searching for Williams for allegedly killing Somerset County Cpl. It's believed to be the first killing of a law enforcement officer in ME in almost 30 years.

This is a developing story; the Inquisitr will provide updates as information becomes available in the search for Somerset County Sheriff's Corporal Eugene Cole's killer.

He was responding to a robbery at Cumberland Farms on Waterville Road in Norridgewock. He has been described as 5-foot, 6-inches, 120 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Maine State Police said Somerset County Sheriff Cpl. Eugene Cole, a Somerset County, Maine sheriff's deputy.

Cole later told Maine Public radio that de-escalation is a basic tactic for police in unsafe situations and that they are always aware that their own lives may be at risk.

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