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Fugitive accused Maine cop killer arrested with slain officer’s handcuffs

April 29, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Fugitive accused Maine cop killer arrested with slain officer’s handcuffs

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Accused Maine cop killer John Williams captured

Associated Press – A fugitive 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.

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.

“We can now focus on the important task of respectfully laying our fallen brother to rest. Tonight, the citizens of Somerset County can sleep well, knowing that a dangerous man has been taken off the streets,” the sheriff said.

Williams was wanted in the fatal shooting of Cpl. Eugene Cole early Wednesday after the two had an encounter on a darkened road in Norridgewock.

The manhunt for John Williams, the suspect in the killing of Somerset County Sheriff’s Corp. Eugene Cole was captured Saturday

Cole, 62, had been involved in the arrest of Williams’ girlfriend several days earlier, and Williams was worried about being arrested himself for failing to appear in court in Massachusetts on firearm charges the day of the shooting.

Williams was angry about his girlfriend’s arrest and had told a friend that “as of tomorrow, I’ll be a fugitive.” The friend said Williams was acting paranoid and noticed he had body armor in one of his bags.

Shirtless and shoeless when captured, Williams appeared to be exhausted when he was led out of the woods Saturday. Officers put him into the back seat of an unmarked state police vehicle, and detectives whisked him away.

“I’m just glad it ended peacefully, and no one else got hurt,” said Tasha Raymond, whose kids have been forced to play indoors for the past four days.

The arrest brought some closure to the deputy’s family and relief to residents who’ve been “on edge,” said Larry Tilton, a friend of Cole’s.

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