Suspected killer of corporal captured in Maine

Suspected killer of corporal captured in Maine

The 29-year-old man accused of gunning down a sheriff’s office corporal in Maine and who evaded authorities for four days has been captured, authorities said today.

29 Nisan 2018 - 02:00

The 29-year-old man accused of gunning down a sheriff’s office corporal in Maine and who evaded authorities for four days has been captured, authorities said today.

John Daniel Williams had been on the run since Wednesday morning when he allegedly shot and killed Cpl. Eugene Cole of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office in Norridgewock.

Williams was apprehended at 12:43 p.m. today outside a small, remote camp in Norridgewock, officials said. Authorities had found tracks this week that confirmed the area he was in, officials said.

"PHOTO:Maine State Police
John Daniel Williams was arrested by Maine State Police on April 28, 2018, for allegedly shooting a sheriff's office corporal to death this week. He evaded authorities for four days.

Cole's handcuffs were used in the arrest, authorities said.

More than 200 law enforcement officers had been involved in the manhunt.

"PHOTO:Maine State Police | FBI via AP
These undated photos released by authorities show John Williams of Madison, Maine, and his tattooed upper body.

Now that the search is done, officers can begin to grieve Cole's loss, authorities said, and local residents "can sleep well."

The Cole family is relieved, thankful and grateful, authorities added.

#UPDATE #MANHUNT IS OVER. PUBLIC IS SAFE. MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW. https://t.co/arAH6G8NpK

— Maine State Police (@MEStatePolice) April 28, 2018

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Less than an hour before Williams was caught, authorities read a statement from Cole’s widow, pleading with him to surrender.

"I urge Mr. Williams to turn himself in or at least reach out to law enforcement," she said in the statement. "Mr. Williams, be assured you'll be treated the same way Corporal Cole would have treated you if you had given him the opportunity -- with dignity and respect."

"We just want you to talk to someone," she added. "Please, please talk to us."

"PHOTO:Maine State Police via AP
This undated photo released by the Maine State Police shows John Williams of Madison, Maine.

After the killing, Williams allegedly stole the corporal's cruiser, drove to a local convenience store and committed a robbery, authorities said. The cruiser was later found abandoned in Norridgewock.

Williams had been considered armed and dangerous.


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