John Williams, accused of killing ME sheriff's deputy, caught; manhunt ends

Two officers from the Sagadahoc County Police Department watching over the casket of Eugene Cole at the Smart & Edwards Funeral Home in Skowhegan

The search for John Williams, suspected of shooting and killing Somerset County Sheriff's Corporal Eugene Cole, has ended.

Williams allegedly gunned down Corporal Cole Wednesday morning and allegedly stole his cruiser before robbing a local convenience store.

Williams, 29, was captured at 12:43 p.m.in the woods Saturday afternoon close to where a massive manhunt had been focused the past couple days.

John Williams is suspected of fatally shooting a sheriff's deputy in ME on Wednesday morning. Sheriff Dale Lancaster said at a news conference Friday authorities understand that Williams may want to communicate with them but wouldn't elaborate further.

Williams was considered armed and risky and officials were offering a $20,000 reward for any information leading to his arrest.

Authorities have yet to release detailed information on Williams' capture.

On Friday, Gov. Paul LePage issued an emergency proclamation suspending all hunting in the search areas. Eugene Cole in Norridgewock, Maine.

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"Tonight, the citizens of Somerset County can sleep well and know that a unsafe man has been taken off the streets", Lancaster said.

"Many times we're able to say that there is not an ongoing threat, but that's not the case today", State Police Lt. Col. John Cote said.

On Saturday, about 150 officers were searching in a wooded area where police believe Williams was cornered when a team including Federal Bureau of Investigation, game wardens and local police located him outside the cabin.

The search team had previously found tracks and signs of movement suggesting Williams was in the wooded area. However, authorities have confirmed that Williams did shoot and kill the sheriff's deputy on the same day. He was scheduled to appear in court for a hearing the day of the shooting.

Williams, whose last known address was in Madison, Maine, also has ties to MA.

Sirois said she has no idea what transpired that morning and hopes Williams turns himself in. Officials say he walked out of the camp and was caught by surprise. "Please, please talk to us". The fully marked cruiser was driven to Cumberland Farms in Norridgewock, where dash-cam video shows Williams entering and exiting the store.

Davis and other officers will keep watch until Cole's funeral, which takes places Monday, May 7 at Bangor's Cross Insurance Center.

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