Manhunt Continues For Gunman Who Killed Maine Deputy, FBI Offers $20G Reward
A manhunt continued Thursday morning for the "armed and dangerous" suspect who killed a sheriff's deputy in Maine.
State and local law enforcement poured into the region to look for gunman John Williams, and a massive police presence could be seen in Norridgewock early Thursday, according to WMTW. Helicopters, armored vehicles and police cruisers were spotted.
"I am asking John Williams personally: If you are listening to my words today, I implore you to turn yourself in," Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster said Thursday.
Lancaster said up to 200 officers from multiple agencies have been working on the case and are being assisted by Massachusetts and New Hampshire officers.
The FBI said it would offer a $20,000 reward for information leading to suspect's' arrest.
The fatal shooting of Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole took place between 1 and 2 a.m. on Wednesday in Norridgewock. Williams was scheduled to appear in court on gun charges later in the day.
"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.
A law enforcement official said during a press briefing early Thursday that they do not believe the suspect has become "mobile."
"We believe we have been able to contain him," the official said.
A nationwide alert has been issued, according to the WMTW. Local schools are scheduled to be open, but will be in "lock in" mode, according to the station.
"We're a little on edge," Norridgewock resident Tasha Raymond said. "It's unnerving knowing there's a guy running around out there."
Cops say Williams stole Cole's vehicle after he shot him, and robbed a gas station. He would ditch the police cruiser, which was later found.
Williams was reportedly arrested last month in Massachusetts after he drove his car into a ditch alongside Interstate 495. He was accused of having unlicensed weapons in his trunk, according to the Eagle Tribune. He was released on bail and expected in court on Wednesday.
The last time an officer in the line of duty was killed in the state was in 1989, according to the Maine Department of Public Safety.
"If you live in Somerset County and the surrounding area, please cooperate with law enforcement and stay safe," Gov. Paul LePage said, adding his "deepest condolences" to Cole's family.
Cole has a son who also is a Somerset County deputy.
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