Man suspected of shooting Somerset County sheriff's deputy now in custody

Apr 30, 2018, 01:38
Man suspected of shooting Somerset County sheriff's deputy now in custody

The team of law enforcement officers who found and captured fugitive John Williams.

Hunting has been suspended in three ME towns as the manhunt continues for the fugitive police seek in connection with a deputy sheriff's fatal shooting. Williams was shirtless and shoeless when he was arrested Saturday, the fourth day of a massive manhunt in the central ME community.

Williams was cleared by medics after his arrest, sent to Waterville police for questioning and is expected to spend the next couple of days at Maine Correctional Center in Windham before a court appearance "at the first of the week", Cote said.

Williams was then taken to the Maine State Prison in Warren where he'll remain pending an upcoming court date anticipated to happen early next week.

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This undated photo released by the Maine State Police shows John Williams of Madison, Maine, who was arrested in connection with the shooting of a Somerset County sheriff's deputy Saturday, April 28, 2018, in Norridgewock, Maine.

Before the arrest, the wife of the slain deputy had implored his killer Saturday to turn himself in, or at least reach out to police. Eugene Cole in the town of Norridgewock in central Maine.

Saturday was the fourth day of an intense manhunt. Sheriff Dale Lancaster calls him an "outstanding employee, one of the finest deputies". "Mr. Williams, be assured you'll be treated the same way Corporal Cole would have treated you if you had given him the opportunity, with dignity and respect. Please, please talk to us". Williams is accused of killing 61-year-old Somerset County Cpl.

Williams is wanted in the fatal shooting of Cpl.

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The multi-day manhunt involved more than 200 federal, state and local law enforcement officials.

According to police, while conducting a grid search in the area they noticed tracks in the ground.

A friend said Williams was acting paranoid and had body armor with him before Cole was killed in an encounter early Wednesday on a darkened roadside.

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