Man sought in ME killing was arrested in Haverhill earlier this year

John Williams

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

Gov. Paul LePage has ordered that all US and Maine State flags in the state should be flown at half staff to honor Somerset County Deputy Sheriff Corporal Eugene Cole who was killed in the line of duty earlier today.

Police say Williams drove the cruiser to Cumberland Farms on Waterville Road in the central ME town of Norridgewock and robbed the store.

Eugene Cole, a 13-year veteran of the Somerset County Sheriff's Office, cops said. Eugene Cole, as well as four still shots taken during the alleged robbery of a convenience store following the shooting.

Police haven't said what led to the shooting, or how they came to suspect Williams shot Cole.

He then hopped in the slain lawman's marked police vehicle, drove to a Cumberland Farms in Norridgewock and robbed the gas station.

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.


Williams had a loaded Smith & Wesson handgun with a 16 round magazine in his trunk at the time of his arrest, according to a police report.

"What we know right now is that the suspect involved stole Corporal Cole's fully marked cruiser, drove to the Cumberland Farms in Norridgewock and committed a theft", Lancaster said.

His passenger, a 32-year-old woman from Mercer, Maine, was summonsed for possession of a Class B substance (Percocet), according to police. The suspect is believed to have fled the vehicle and is now at large.

Shortly after 5 a.m., Cole's cruiser was located off of the Martin Stream Road in Norridgewock.

State police said that Somerset County Cpl. Williams is described as blue eyed, about five-foot, six inches and 120 pounds. Maine State Police consider him to be armed and risky and a nationwide alert has been issued. Williams is from Madison Maine. "There certainly is an ongoing public threat", Maine State Police said.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. "He's considered armed and risky".

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