Published: Sun, April 29, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

FBI, US Marshals hunt for killer of ME deputy

FBI, US Marshals hunt for killer of ME deputy

Cole, 62, was reportedly killed Wednesday in a shootout with 29-year-old Williams, who authorities said stole the sheriff's deputy's auto, robbed a convenience store and later abandoned the vehicle.

Police are on their third day searching for Williams in and around the heavily wooded rural community of Norridgewock, about 60 miles west of Bangor. Eugene Cole around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

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The officer's vehicle was found abandoned Wednesday morning off a road in Norridgewock, state police said.

Police say John D. Williams shot and killed Cole early Wednesday morning, and have offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

"Cops released these photos of Williams" tattoos as the manhunt continues.

Authorities say Williams killed Cole about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday on U.S. Route 2 in Norridgewock, a heavily wooded town in central ME about 60 miles west of Bangor. A state police spokesman declined to say whether Williams had been apprehended or had turned himself in.

He said officers have been assigned to area schools. She said he also stayed with her last fall, but she asked him to leave because she was suspicious he was using drugs in the house.

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Authorities now believe that Williams' may want to reach out and talk to them.

"It was resolved peacefully without anymore harm to our officers", Lancaster said.

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

It has also since emerged that Williams was arrested last month in MA during a traffic stop and was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday on firearm and driving-related charges.

Williams was due in Haverhill District Court Wednesday for a probable cause hearing regarding his firearms charges.

"Maybe because of this", she said, "people will be more willing to step in when people are having a hard time".

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.

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