NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine – This morning, April 25, 2018, between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Cpl. Eugene Cole was shot and killed in the town of Norridgewock say Maine State Police. “What we know right now is that the suspect involved in the shooting stole Cpl. Cole’s fully marked cruiser, drove to the Cumberland Farms in Norridgewock and committed a theft.” The suspect then fled Cumberland Farms driving Cpl. Cole’s fully marked cruiser, the agency said in a press release.

Authorities say shortly after 5 a.m., the cruiser was located abandoned off of the Martin Stream Road in Norridgewock. “We believe the suspect then fled the vehicle and is presently at large.” The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. The individual of interest is John Williams, 29, last known address of Madison. He is described as 5’6” 120 lbs, brown hair, with sides that are shaved, with a ponytail on top and blue eyes.

Presently, a manhunt is underway. We have issued a nationwide alert. At this time, there is no vehicle associated with Williams. This manhunt is being coordinated with the Maine State Police, Maine Warden Service, Forestry, other County and Local Agencies, and the FBI. We presently have air support in our search for Williams.

“This is all I have for now, this is an active and fluid investigation,” state police added.