Police are searching for 29-year-old John Williams of Madison.
Governor Paul LePage sent his condolences to the family of Corporal Eugene Cole, and law enforcement agencies across the state also echoed the sentiments. Cole was killed during the incident, though police did not say when. He then allegedly drove away in the cruiser.
A nationwide alert has been issued in the search for a Madison man wanted for shooting and killing a Somerset County sheriff's deputy.
"This is a very sad day for for the Somerset County Sheriff's Office, the city, the county and the people of the state of Maine", Lancaster said.
"Williams is described as 5'6" tall, about 120 pounds with brown hair and a ponytail. If the anyone sees Williams they are told not to approach him but call 911. ME records didn't indicate a lengthy criminal record, but Williams was arrested last month in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and charged with improper storage and carrying a firearm without a license.
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When they searched his auto, troopers found an unlicensed gun. He was charged with improper storage of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license, unattended ammunition, possession of a large capacity firearm, Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for the Essex County District Attorney's office, said in a news release.
Eugene Cole was killed at about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday on U.S. Route 2 in Norridgewock.
State police said that Somerset County Cpl. "We have lost an outstanding deputy today who served with great distinction for the last 13 years".
Residents in Norridgewock, a town of about 3,500 huddled in the rain, as state police cruisers and federal agents investigated a blue-grey home believed to where Williams lived with his girlfriend.
Newscenter Maine is reporting that police have guns drawn outside a residence in Madison and a police helicopter is circling overhead.