Suspect in deputy killing held in maximum security prison

Apr 30, 2018, 01:40
Suspect in deputy killing held in maximum security prison

Officers have not said what sparked the shooting, nor how they came to suspect Williams. Williams was shirtless and shoeless when he was arrested Saturday, the fourth day of a massive manhunt in the central ME community.

State Police Lt. Col. John Cote said Williams offered "limited resistance" and was transported to the Waterville Police Department after being checked out by emergency medical technicians. They said the plan to arrest him using Cole's cuffs was a plan from the beginning.

A law enforcement team used the slain deputy's handcuffs to arrest 29-year-old John Williams in a symbolic gesture, Sheriff Dale Lancaster said. The BDN has chosen not to publish the image here due to its inflammatory nature.

ME police scouring the cold, muddy forest for a 29-year-old man wanted in the killing of a sheriff's deputy found their man outside a remote wooded camp and slapped the dead cop's handcuffs on the fugitive.

The suspect hid out in a remote campground in Norridgewock while being hunted by law enforcement.

"It was very hard terrain", he said, adding that several times the officers saw critical evidence, including what appeared to be fresh footprints.

It was unclear if Williams has an attorney to speak on his behalf. This afternoon he was booked at the Maine State Prison in Warren, according to Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Williams will be detained during the weekend and will make his initial court appearance early in the week. The state will request that Williams be held without bail.

A friend said Williams was acting paranoid and had body armor with him before Cole was killed in an encounter early Wednesday on a darkened roadside. They also declined to answer details about the arrest such as whether Williams was armed or made any statements. "Tonight, the citizens of Somerset County can sleep well and knowing that a risky man has been taken off the streets", the sheriff said.

"At this point the manhunt is done", he said, adding that residents would sleep well knowing a unsafe person was off the streets.