Fugitive in ME corporal killing captured

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The search for John Williams, suspected of shooting and killing Somerset County Sheriff's Corporal Eugene Cole, has ended.

On Saturday, about 150 law enforcement officers remained in the area as searchers took advantage of improving weather to use ground patrols and aircraft to focus on a certain section of woods where they believe Williams might be hiding.

Police said they received 13 calls from the public overnight related to Williams' possible whereabouts and hundreds of calls in response to a $20,000 reward offered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for information leading to Williams' arrest.

As the search continues for a suspect believed to be armed and unsafe, Governor Paul R. LePage has issued an Emergency Proclamation that suspends all hunting, including the start of turkey season, in portions of Norridgewock, Skowhegan and Fairfield.

John Williams, 29, of Madison, Maine, was captured, Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster said, following a search that authorities said encompassed 25 square miles of largely remote wilderness.

The FBI and a phalanx of state and local law enforcement agencies have joined the manhunt. Eugene Cole to death Wednesday morning in Norridgewock, Maine. Officers put him into the back seat of an unmarked state police vehicle and detectives whisked him away.

State Police Lt. Col. John Cote said authorities have interviewed family and friends of Williams and now have a good understanding of his whereabouts and activities in the 24 hours leading up to the shooting.

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Cote said they are looking for people who may have had contact with him afterward, from 2.30am Wednesday on, saying they are "critically important".

Williams faces illegal firearms charges locally after an earlier arrest in Haverhill.

Cops say Williams stole Cole's vehicle after he shot him, and robbed a gas station.

Police declined to say whether he'd been apprehended, or had turned himself in.

"We believe we have been able to contain him", the official said.

She said Williams in his last visit discussed his recent arrest in MA on gun charges.

Sirois said she has no idea what transpired that morning and hopes Williams turns himself in.

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