ME sheriff's deputy investigating robbery killed

Corporal Eugene Cole

During a press conference Wednesday, a sheriff's office spokesman described Cole as an "outstanding employee" and "one of the finest deputies you'd ever want to meet".

Police have released an updated photo of John Williams, now a suspect in the death of Somerset County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Police say Williams is armed and very unsafe.

Sheriff Eugene Cole was killed at about 1:45 a.m. on U.S. Route 2 in Norridgewock about 60 miles (96 kilometers) west of Bangor, state police said.

Police identified the suspect as 29-year-old John Williams, of Madison, Maine.

Multiple law enforcement officials were on scene in the Norridgewock and Skowhegan area Wednesday morning following an early morning report of a robbery at a local convenience store. The pictures were captured by the dashboard of Cole's cruiser.

Police said Williams is 5-foot-6, 120 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair in a ponytail. If the anyone sees Williams they are told not to approach him but call 911.


Police radio traffic said the Federal Bureau of Investigation with an aircraft were scheduled to arrive in the area at about 9:45 a.m.

NEW: A Haverhill District Court Clerk in MA confirmed to TV5 that Williams was scheduled to appear Wednesday for a probable cause hearing on an illegal firearm charge stemming from an arrest back in March.

Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage expressed his "deepest condolences" the Cole's family in a tweet.

Williams is accused of shooting and killing Somerset County Sheriff's Deputy Eugene Cole, a 13-year veteran of the department, and should be considered "armed and extremely unsafe", officials warned. Detective Landry was shot to death on March 31, 1989 while investigating a child abuse complaint in Leeds. 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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