Manhunt For Suspected Cop Killer Leads To Standoff in Maine

Deputy sheriff is fatally shot in Norridgewock, Maine

NORRIGEWOCK - According to state law enforcement officials, a Somerset County Sheriff's Office deputy was fatally shot early this morning and his cruiser was stolen.

According to a Massachusetts State Police report, Williams and a female passenger were found in a auto that had driven off the road on I-495 in Haverhill just before 4 a.m. on March 22.

Williams was supposed to show up at Haverhill District Court in MA for a Wednesday afternoon hearing on a firearms charge, according to the The Eagle Tribune. He was due to return to court Wednesday in MA.

Williams abandoned the vehicle around 5 a.m.in Norridgewock, Maine, and fled on foot.

Deputy Chief John Cote of the Maine State Police says Williams is considered armed and unsafe, "If people encounter him, they should not approach him, they should call 911".

After 1:41pm on Wednesday May 9th, 2018 this article available to paying WHAV members only. The suspect in this crime allegedly shot Somerset County Corporal Eugene Cole at about 1:45 a.m., drove off in his police cruiser, and then robbed a Cumberland Farms convenience store. Cole. "He was one of the finest deputies you would want to meet".

The search for Williams now involves State Police, the Somerset County Sheriff's Department, the U.S. Marshal's Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation which has dispatched an aircraft to the scene. He posted bail and was released from jail on March 31.

As of late Wednesday afternoon, Williams was not yet in custody. "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. "Williams is described as 5'6" and 120 Ibs, blue eyes, brown hair and is wearing a ponytail on the top of his head with the sides shaved.

Troopers also found several small plastic bags with white and tan powder residue inside them, the newspaper reported.

Inside the vehicle's trunk, police said they discovered a 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun and a 16-round 9mm magazine loaded with 10 rounds.

Williams told police he was able to legally carry the firearm in ME, but did not have a license to carry or FID card in MA.

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