A man accused of killing a sheriff's deputy was arrested Saturday outside a remote cabin, ending an intense manhunt in its fourth day in the woods of central Maine.
Police say John D. Williams shot and killed Cole early Wednesday morning, and have offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
The shooter, who has been identified as 29-year-old #John Williams, was initially scheduled to appear in court in MA on Wednesday, April 25, to face several gun charges.
Cole, a 13-year veteran of the force, was found dead around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, just hours after his vehicle was discovered abandoned off Martin Stream road around 5 a.m. Williams put up "limited resistance", Cote said, citing the ongoing investigation while declining to provide more specific details.
In a statement before Williams was arrested Saturday, Sheryl Cole, the wife of the slain deputy, pleaded with Williams to turn himself in to police or to at least speak with them.
A former Orono roommate of Williams said he last saw Williams on Monday in Madison and encouraged him to appear at his court hearing in Haverhill, Massachusetts.
"Each day we assembled teams from federal, state, local and county agencies to slowly and methodically search the hard terrain", said Lieutenant Colonel, Jon Cote of the Maine State Police.
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Sheriff Dale Lancaster said Friday authorities understand that Williams may want to communicate with them but wouldn't elaborate further.
State and local law enforcement poured into the region to look for gunman John Williams, and a massive police presence could be seen in Norridgewock early Thursday, according to WMTW.
The FBI is now offering a monetary reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to his location and arrest.
Williams was captured in the woods off a highway in Norridgewock, officials said.
"We requested the amount we thought was appropriate, which was $10,000", Kimball Monahan said. She promised Williams that he'd be treated with "dignity and respect". Eugene Cole in the town of Norridgewock.
"Our deepest condolences go out to the family of fallen Deputy Sheriff Corporal Eugene Cole", said Governor LePage.
This undated photo released by the Maine State Police shows John Williams of Madison, Maine.