ME sheriff's deputy investigating robbery fatally shot

Maine State Police shows John Williams of Madison Maine who is being sought in connection with the shooting of a Somerset County sheriff's deputy Wednesday

The governor ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff for at least three days in honor of Cpl. The last Somserset County sheriff's deputy to die in the line of duty was Charles Baker, in a vehicle crash in 1999.

A Somerset County's sheriff's deputy was shot and killed early Wednesday morning in Norridgewock. "Our thoughts are also with all of Maine's law enforcement community as they mourn the loss of their colleague, and we pray for their continued safety".

He also has a son David, who is also a sheriff's deputy with the Somerset County department.

Police have identified John Williams, 29, last known address in Madison, as the suspect. "He's considered armed and unsafe". Keeping low, Cole snatched the gun from the hood of a truck where the suspect had placed it, and then shot the man with his taser, ending the encounter.

A national manhunt is now underway for the suspect, with the combined assets of Somerset County Sheriff's Office along with the ME state police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Marshals Service, in addition to various local police departments. But the clerk tells us it was later reduced to 5,000.

Somerset County Deputy Cpl.

The last ME law enforcement officer to die in a shooting was Giles Landry.

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ME authorities are searching for a man they say fatally shot a sheriff's deputy, stole his cruiser and robbed a convenience store.

A nationwide bulletin has been issues as police search for Williams.

Williams then stole Cole's fully marked cruiser and drove it to a Cumberland Farms in Norridgewock to commit theft before abandoning the cruiser on Martin Stream Road, according to Maine State Police.

"Williams is described as 5'6" tall, about 120 pounds with brown hair and a ponytail.

A sheriff's deputy in ME was shot and killed early this morning in the town of Norridgwock. Cole was murdered in Norridgewock, Maine between 1 and 2 AM according to police.

Dashcam footage showed Williams walking into the Cumberland Farms at about 1:40 a.m., and leaving about 20 seconds later. Further information about the shooting was not immediately available.

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