- Corporal Eugene Cole, 61, was shot dead in Norridgewock at 1.45am on Wednesday
- He was responding to reports of a robbery at a Cumberland’s Farm store
- Suspect John Williams, 29, took his patrol car afterwards and went to the store
- He robbed it then drove off again then abandoned the vehicle at 5am
- Williams is still on the run and is considered to be armed and dangerous
A sheriff’s deputy in Maine was shot dead while on Tuesday night by a suspect who then took his patrol car and is still on the run.
Thirteen-year veteran Corporal Eugene Cole, 61,was shot dead at 1.14am in Norridgewock, allegedly by 29-year-old John Williams.
He was killed on U.S. Route 2 in Norridgewock about 60 miles west of Bangor.
Corporal Eugene Cole, 61, was shot dead in the early hours of Wednesday morning allegedly by John Williams, 29, who is still on the run after stealing his police cruiser. He is seen (right) in an old booking photograph for an unrelated crime
Dashcam footage from Cole’s patrol car taken three minutes before he was shot shows Williams emerging from the store
This is the Cumberland Farm’s store which Williams robbed after allegedly shooting the cop. It is pictured on Wednesday after he left
Corporal Cole had worked for the force for 13 years
Initially, it was reported that Cole was responding to a robbery at a Cumberland Farm ‘s store.
Somerset County Sheriff however believes Williams went to the store after shooting dead the officer then robbed it.
He then fled the scene in the cruiser. It was found abandoned at 5am.
Police are now hunting for the 29-year-old and their search has put the area somewhat on lockdown.
Corporal Cole is a father-of-one who has worked for the force for 13 years.
‘He was one of the finest deputies that you would want to meet,’ Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster said.
Williams is described as 5-foot-6, 120 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair worn in a ponytail.
Police in Maine are still hunting the suspect. He abandoned the cruiser and it is not known how he is now getting around
Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster (center) said his deputy was the ‘finest you could meet’