A manhunt is underway for the suspect in what is believed to be the first killing of a law enforcement officer in Maine in nearly 30 years.
The fatal shooting of Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole on Wednesday in Norridgewock triggered an intensive search for 29-year-old John Williams in and around the heavily wooded rural community about 60 miles (96 kilometers) west of Bangor.
Officials say the Madison man was scheduled to appear in court to face gun charges when he killed the sheriff’s deputy, stole his cruiser and robbed a convenience store.
The Maine Department of Public Safety says the last time someone killed an officer in the line of duty was in 1989.
Law enforcement officials say Williams has arrest records in Maine, Tennessee and Massachusetts.