A pursuit of an extremely dangerous and armed suspect is under way after a Maine sheriff's deputy was gunned down in Norridgewock early Wednesday, authorities confirmed.
Deputy Sheriff of Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole was shot dead between 1-2 a.m., according to police. The suspect, identified as John Williams of Madison, Maine, allegedly stole Cole's cruise and committed a robbery at a Cumberland Farms store on Waterville Road.
Cole's abandoned cruiser was found around 5 am on Mill Stream Road in Norridgewock, and authorities believe that Williams, 29, fled on foot and is still at large.
Williams is said to be 5 feet 6 inches and weigh about 120 pounds. He currently has brown hair that is long enough for a pigtail and blue eyes, according to the police. It is not clear if Williams has access to another vehicle.
A national alert has been issued for Williams.
The search for Williams is being coordinated by the Somerset Count Sheriff's Office with the help of the state police, Maine Game Wardens, US Marshals and the FBI.
Cole was a 13-year veteran of the Somerset County Sheriff's Office.
Police ordered Primary Stream Mill in Norridgewock to close, and part of Route 2 also closed in the middle of the ongoing investigation.