NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine (AP) — A Maine man accused of killing a sheriff’s deputy, stealing his cruiser and robbing a convenience store early Wednesday, triggered an intensive manhunt in a rural town in central Maine.
Aircraft and armored vehicles were seen around Norridgewock and schools were locked down as officers from federal, state and local law enforcement officials search for a 29-year-old man who remained on the loose after abandoning the stolen cruiser, state police told reporters Wednesday.
Somerset County Cpl. 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. His cruiser was driven to a Cumberland Farms store, which was robbed.
Several Somerset County officers arrived on scene within 10 minutes and the car was found abandoned shortly after 5 a.m. in another part of the town. It wasn’t known if the man was driving another vehicle.
Police identified the suspect as 29-year-old John Williams, of Madison, Maine. They say he is 5-foot-6, 120 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair in a ponytail.
Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage expressed his “deepest condolences” the Cole’s family in a tweet .
Our deepest condolences go out to the family of fallen Deputy Sheriff Corporal Eugene Cole. If you live in Somerset County and the surrounding area, please cooperate with law enforcement and stay safe.— Paul R. LePage (@Governor_LePage) April 25, 2018
“If you live in Somerset County and the surrounding area, please cooperate with law enforcement and stay safe,” he said.