Suspect in deputy killing held in maximum security prison

Randal Sanchez
April 30, 2018

Williams is also accused of stealing Cole's police cruiser and robbing a convenience store in the town of Norridgewock, Maine.

"We will now deal with the necessary job of respectfully laying our fallen brother to relaxation".

Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster confirmed reports Williams was restrained at about 12:45, Saturday, using the handcuffs of murdered Cpl. John Williams was transferred to the Maine State Prison in Warren after his arrest Saturday, the fourth day of a massive manhunt in the central part of the state.

Cote and Lancaster declined to answer questions about the encounter between Cole and Williams on Wednesday or what might have led to the shooting.

Cole, 62, had been involved in the arrest of Williams' girlfriend several days earlier, and Williams was anxious about being arrested himself for failing to appear in court in MA on firearm charges the day of the shooting.

Cole's death marks the first time a ME police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty in almost 30 years. A $20,000 reward had been offered for information leading to his capture, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. Officers put him into the back seat of an unmarked state police vehicle, and detectives whisked him away.

His capture ends a nationwide manhunt for the suspected killer of Cole, the 25th officer to be gunned down in the line of duty this year. "He really epitomized community policing even before there was community policing".

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Helicopters, cruisers and tactical autos prowled the area, making the area people of three, 500 nervous as scores of cops poured into the realm.

The suspect hid out in a remote campground in Norridgewock while being hunted by law enforcement. (AAP) Williams was wanted for failing to appear in court on firearms charges.

The team of law enforcement officers who found and captured fugitive John Williams. He was checked briefly by EMS then taken to the Waterville Police Department for questioning.

Attorney General Janet Mills said in a statement issued late Saturday that Williams will make his first court appearance Monday or Tuesday.

CBS affiliate WGME-TV writes that Cole's handcuffs were used in Williams' apprehension Saturday.

Before the arrest, the wife of the slain deputy had implored his killer to turn himself in, or at least reach out to police.

Visitation hours for Corporal Eugene Cole will be from 4-to-7 pm Sunday, May 6th, at the Skowhegan Armory.

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