Maine police searching for man who killed deputy

John Williams

John Williams

Eugene Cole, as well as four still shots taken during the alleged robbery of a convenience store following the shooting.

Police lined intersections along the route as Cole's body was transported to Augusta.

Police say they are searching for a suspect identified as 29-year-old John Williams, of Madison, Maine.

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.

Williams is described as 5 feet, 6 inches, 120 pounds, with brown hair shaved on the sides of his head.

The initial call came in as a robbery at the store off Waterville Road, but early this morning police holding rifles could be seen around the store.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation agents are on the scene and assisting in the national manhunt and police say they have issued a national alert.

He was arrested again last month by Massachusetts State Police in Haverhill and charged with carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a large-capacity firearm and other offenses, said Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex District Attorney's Office. At the time he was arrested his bail was set at $10,000. Bishop says Williams lives at 16 Jones Street in Madison. Bishop says Williams was not very sociable but would say hello.

Maine State trooper William Plourde checks a vehicle at the town line of Oakland and Fairfield on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, after Somerset County Sheriff's Deputy Eugene Cole was killed overnight in nearby Norridgewock, Maine.

The last ME law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty was an Fryeburg officer Nathan M. Desjardins in June 2017, according to BDN archives. Detective Landry was shot to death on March 31, 1989 while investigating a child abuse complaint in Leeds. Gov. LePage ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff for at least three days in honor of Cole. Desjardins was on his first day of water rescue training.

The first line of duty death in ME was Ebenezer Parker, who was killed in 1808 while working for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department.

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