One of our beloved heroes was killed while on active duty,
A Somerset County Sheriff’s corporal has been shot and killed in Norridgewock, according to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office. He was a 13 year veteran and his son is also a part of the Somerset County Sheriff department. He was a well known and well loved member of his community.
Maine State Police say between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Wednesday, Somerset County Sheriff’s Corporal Eugene Cole was shot and killed in Norridgewock.
The suspect then stole the officers cruiser and used it to rob a Cumberland Farms store.
Shortly after 5 a.m., police say the cruiser was located off of the Martin Stream Road in Norridgewock.
That particular road leads in so many directions, one being here to my home, that the police have had to spread out across the state in search.
An active manhunt is underway for the suspect, who is considered armed and dangerous. It has been said John Williams was a very active drug user and gun collector. His Facebook page was filled with end of the world conversations.
The last time a Maine officer was shot and killed in the line of duty was 29 years ago on March 31, 1989.
This sort of things don’t happen to us here in Maine. It has shook the whole state.
please keep in mind, a person on drugs killed our hero, not the gun itself.
Our hearts and prayers are with his family as well as our active officers seeking the suspect.
Rest In Peace Maine hero