Maine Cop-Killer John Williams Captured
Norridgewock, Maine – Four long days later, Maine cop-killer John Williams was taken into custody on Saturday after an intense manhunt. Two hundred officers across numerous agencies searched for the man who was accused of killing Cpl Eugene Cole. The communities in the area were tense…but in the end, it was a peaceful arrest. It is unclear whether he turned himself in, or not.
Cole became the first law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty in nearly 30 years in Maine, leaving the community of 3,500 stunned.
Images show an exhausted and shirtless Williams being taken out of a wooded area at 1:15 p.m. He was put into the back seat of an unmarked state police vehicle and whisked away.
“I’m just glad it ended peacefully, and no one else got hurt,” said Tasha Raymond, whose kids have been forced to play indoors for the past four days.
The arrest brought some closure to the deputy’s family and relief to local residents who’ve been “on edge,” said Larry Tilton, a friend of Cole’s.
A grateful community showed their appreciation by putting up highways signs, bringing food to the searchers, and publicly thanking them on Social Media. The deputy’s wife had released a statement asking Williams to turn himself in. Had he not done so, the end of this story would have been seriously different.
The motive for his crime was said to be that the officer arrested his girlfriend a few days before the shooting.
Here are the officers who arrested #JohnWilliams. Good work, guys! Members from Maine Game Wardens, @MEStatePolice, Fairfield PD, & FBI. Thank you to all the officers for your tireless efforts. #RememberEugeneCole @WGME pic.twitter.com/qINx2rZARY
— Jana Barnello (@JanaWGME) April 28, 2018
Great sign on I-95 in Maine! A big thank you to @NH_StatePolice for its role in the #manhunt for John Williams—the man accused in the shooting death of Somerset Co. Sheriff’s Cpl. Eugene Cole. @NH_Troopers #maine #NewHampshire pic.twitter.com/8DRqG4BmvR
— Céline McArthur 🇺🇸 (@CelineTVNEWS) April 28, 2018
The manager/owner of the G and M Family Market and Amato’s Pizza in Holden, Maine loaded-up a vehicle full of food to donate to officers involved in the #MaineManhunt for #JohnWilliams. No fanfare, no publicity, just a generous and thoughtful act…..nicely done, Hawes’ family…
— Chris Greeley (@ChrisGreeley3) April 26, 2018
— NEWS CENTER Maine (@newscentermaine) April 28, 2018
— Steve Cooper (@scooperon7) April 28, 2018
An emotional moment for this Central Maine community and of course the family of Cpl. Eugene Cole. I’m heading to Norridgewock to bring you the latest details on the capture of #JohnWilliams – Stay with @WABI_TV5 for team coverage at 5, 6 and 11. https://t.co/etfS13h4nP
— Taylor Kinzler (@Taylor_Kinzler) April 28, 2018
Wanted in the fatal shooting of Cpl. Eugene Cole early Wednesday, John Williams, 29, was arrested on the fourth day of an intense manhunt in Maine.https://t.co/0SGJMAewGF
— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) April 28, 2018
After 4 days, cooperation from multiple local, state & federal agencies and over 200 personnel and an untold amount of donated coffee, donuts, and food, suspect John Williams, accused of murdering Cpl Eugene Cole has been taken into custody. #Maine https://t.co/riWWj24wCv
— Jenni Tilton-Flood (@jtiltonflood) April 28, 2018
Hundreds of law enforcement officials had been taking part in the manhunt for John Williams since Wednesday. https://t.co/OdyouWDWjp
— WNCO-FM (@MidOhiosCountry) April 28, 2018