Sheriff: Man killed deputy, stole his auto and robbed store

John Williams

John Williams

A 29-year-old ME man believed to have killed a sheriff's deputy in his home state Wednesday morning was released from custody in MA just a few weeks ago after a superior court judge lowered his bail.

"The suspect should be considered armed and risky", the police statement said.

It began in the early hours of this morning.

"This is an extremely fluid investigation", Lancaster said. His cruiser was driven to a Cumberland Farms store, which was robbed. The suspect then fled the store in Cole's cruiser. The pictures were captured by the dashboard of Cole's cruiser.

After 5 a.m. police found the cruiser off of Martin Stream Road in Norridgewock.

John Williams, 29, of Madison, who is wanted for the death of Cole, remains at large and should be considered armed and risky. Williams is 29 and from Madison. They say he is 5-foot-6, 120 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair in a ponytail.

Somerset County Sheriff's Deputy Cpl.

Police say Williams is "armed and dangerous" and sent out a nation-wide bulletin asking other departments to search for him.

Cote said local residents in the Norridgewock area should "be aware of their surroundings and have a broader situational awareness" until Williams is found.

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.

Originally held on $10,000 cash bail, Williams' bail amount was reduced to $7,500 during his arraignment in district court, said Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

Anyone who sees Williams is encouraged to call 9-1-1.

Cole was a father and an "outstanding" officer, Lancaster said.

Authorities would not elaborated on when and how Cole was shot.

Cole later told Maine Public radio that de-escalation is a basic tactic for police in unsafe situations and that they are always aware that their own lives may be at risk. Why would you have to put a bullet proof vest on? Gov. LePage ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff for at least three days in honor of Cole.

Williams was arrested after he drove into a ditch off Interstate 495 just before 4 a.m. on March 22.

Cole is being described as a good man with lots of family and friends who enjoyed making music.

"Eugene was one hell of a guitar player", says longtime friend Scott Bishop of Madison.

According to information released by the Maine Department of Public Safety, Somerset County Sheriff's Office Cpl.

We'll update this story as more details become available.

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