Officials Say John D. Williams Dodged 200 Law Enforcement Officials for Three Days. On Saturday, the fourth day of the search, the authorities arrested him with the sheriff's handcuffs, which he shot dead.
"I thought it fitting," Sheriff Dale Lancaster told reporters on Saturday afternoon. "He killed my deputy, Corporal Gene Cole, and he was held accountable with Cole's handcuffs."
Cpl. Eugene Cole was shot dead in the small town of Norridgewock in Maine sometime after 1 noon. Maine State Police said Williams killed the deputy before stealing his cruiser and committing a theft. Williams was seen on a security camera a few minutes after the shooting in a supermarket.
The deputy's cruiser was found abandoned a few hours later.
The hunt for humans covered a large wooded area near Norridgewock. Lt. Col. John Cote of the Maine State Police said dozens of team-separated officers scoured rough terrain and found evidence like fresh footprints that suggested Williams was in the area. One of the teams spotted Williams shortly before 1:00 pm at a secluded campsite. Saturday, the police said.
A photo shared by the Maine State Police on Facebook showed Williams lying on his back with his hands behind his back while an officer grabbed a handful of his hair. Cote said officers had to take a photo of Williams to confirm his identity, but Williams refused to lift his head.
Williams was not injured, Cote told reporters.
Photos of local media showed the heavily tattooed 29-year-old, barefoot and wrapped from the waist down with something that looks like a yellow tarp when he was led by authorities.
The sheriff's office said Cole was a 13-year veteran of the agency.
"Had another officer in this case been a victim, and we knew that Gene was here every day and tried his best to arrest the suspect," Lancaster, the sheriff, told reporters. "He would have been proud of our efforts."
Lancaster said Cole's career epitomizes what community police meant.
"Part of the outflow we had with this community was because of the interaction of genes with humans here," said Lancaster. "He was part of this community, he was her deputy sheriff."
The investigators did not want to comment on why Cole was killed. It is also unclear what Williams will meet.
The FBI, along with local and state authorities, offered a $ 20,000 reward for information that led to William's arrest.
Shortly before Williams was arrested, Coles widow urged him to turn in. "Mr. Williams, rest assured that you will be treated in the same way as Corporal Cole would have treated you if you told him Opportunity – with dignity and respect, "said the WCW ABC daughter WCW. "We just want you to talk to someone, please, please talk to us."
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