As a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice of Somerset County Deputy Sheriff Cpl. Authorities do not know of any vehicle the suspect may be using after reportedly leaving the police cruiser. "Williams is described as 5'6" and 120 Ibs, blue eyes, brown hair and a full beard. "Many times we're able to say that there is not an ongoing threat, but that's not the case today", State Police Lt. Col. John Cote said.
John Williams remained at large Wednesday afternoon, with authorities warning the 29-year-old suspect is likely "armed and extremely risky". Police say Williams is armed and very risky.
He was arrested last month in Haverhill, Mass., when he drove his auto into a ditch alongside Interstate 495, according to reports.
Around noon, police surrounded a house in Williams' hometown of Madison, according to WMTW News 8 of Portland, Maine.
Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokeswoman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, said Williams pleaded not guilty in Haverhill District Court in Newburyport that same day to charges of improper storage of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license, unattended ammunition, possession of a large-capacity firearm, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation.
Troopers said they also found apparent drug paraphernalia, and the female passenger was charged with having half a Percocet pill.
Deadly gunfire echoed out of this small town Wednesday and reverberated in the ears of police around the state. He was initially given bail set at $10,000 but that was later reduced to $5,000.
This is a developing story; the Inquisitr will provide updates as information becomes available in the search for Somerset County Sheriff's Corporal Eugene Cole's killer.
LePage has directed that all United States flags and State of ME flags shall be flown at half-staff immediately for at least three days, as well as on the day of Corporal Cole's interment.
Police have converged on the Cumberland Farms convenience store in Norridgewock this morning, including a crisis negotiation team.
The suspected was released on bail and was scheduled to appear for a pretrial hearing in court on Wednesday in MA.
"If you live in Somerset County and the surrounding area, please cooperate with law enforcement and stay safe", he said.
Cole had been part of the Somerset County sheriff's office for thirteen years.
If the anyone sees Williams they are told to call 911 and not to approach him as he is suspected to be armed and risky.