Manhunt underway for suspect in ME police officer's death

WGME | BDN  A Somerset County’s sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed early Wednesday morning in Norridgewock

The subject of a nationwide manhunt for the murder of a deputy sheriff in northern ME earlier today was due in Haverhill District Court this morning for a probable cause hearing on weapon and ammunition charges, authorities told the Herald.

Williams then drove Cole's vehicle to a Cumberland Farms convenience store in the same town and committed a theft there, Maine State Police said in a statement.

This is a developing story; the Inquisitr will provide updates as information becomes available in the search for Somerset County Sheriff's Corporal Eugene Cole's killer. They say he is 5-foot-6, 120 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair worn in a ponytail.

Just before 2 a.m., police say 29-year-old John Williams stole Somerset County Cpl. Multiple units were on the scene where Cole was killed Wednesday morning, spurring several schools in Oakland, Waterville, Winslow and Norridgewock to go into lockdown, media outlets reported. State police there issued a nationwide alert on the search.

Williams was arrested March 22 on weapons charge by Massachusetts State Police after he allegedly drove a auto into a ditch off Interstate 495 in Haverhill. At the time he was arrested his bail was set at $10,000. He was due to return to court Wednesday in MA.

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Bobby Bishop says he is a neighbor of John Williams. Bishop says Williams was not very sociable but would say hello.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage tweeted Wednesday that flags will be flown at half-staff in Cole's memory for the next three days. The last ME law enforcement officer to be shot and killed was Giles Landry in March of 1989. Landry joined the Maine State Police in 1976 and was promoted to Detective in 1988. Desjardins was on his first day of water rescue training.

The last time a ME law enforcement officer died in a shooting was 1989, when Detective Giles Landry was shot to death during an investigation of a child abuse complaint, according to WCSH.

The first line of duty death in ME was Ebenezer Parker, who was killed in 1808 while working for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department.

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