Man who allegedly killed Maine sheriff's office corporal captured after 4-day manhunt

PHOTO: Maine State Police detectives lead John Williams toward a police cruiser, April 28, 2018, on Norridgewock Road in Fairfield, Maine, following a four-day manhunt.PlayDavid Leaming/Waterville Morning Sentinel via AP
WATCH Intense manhunt for man accused of killing cop in Maine

The 29-year-old man accused of gunning down a sheriff’s office corporal in Maine and who evaded authorities for four days has been captured, authorities said today.

John Daniel Williams had been on the run since Wednesday morning when he allegedly shot and killed Cpl. Eugene Cole of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office in Norridgewock.

Williams was apprehended at 12:43 p.m. today outside a small, remote camp in Norridgewock, officials said. Authorities had found tracks this week that confirmed the area he was in, officials said.

PHOTO: John Daniel Williams was arrested by Maine State Police on April 28, 2018, for allegedly shooting a sheriffs office corporal to death this week. He evaded authorities for four days. Maine State Police
John Daniel Williams was arrested by Maine State Police on April 28, 2018, for allegedly shooting a sheriff's office corporal to death this week. He evaded authorities for four days.

Cole's handcuffs were used in the arrest, authorities said.

More than 200 law enforcement officers had been involved in the manhunt.

PHOTO: These undated photos released by authorities show John Williams of Madison, Maine, and his tattooed upper body. Maine State Police | FBI via AP
These undated photos released by authorities show John Williams of Madison, Maine, and his tattooed upper body.

Now that the search is done, officers can begin to grieve Cole's loss, authorities said, and local residents "can sleep well."

The Cole family is relieved, thankful and grateful, authorities added.

Less than an hour before Williams was caught, authorities read a statement from Cole’s widow, pleading with him to surrender.

"I urge Mr. Williams to turn himself in or at least reach out to law enforcement," she said in the statement. "Mr. Williams, be assured you'll be treated the same way Corporal Cole would have treated you if you had given him the opportunity -- with dignity and respect."

"We just want you to talk to someone," she added. "Please, please talk to us."

PHOTO: This undated photo released by the Maine State Police shows John Williams of Madison, Maine. Maine State Police via AP
This undated photo released by the Maine State Police shows John Williams of Madison, Maine.

After the killing, Williams allegedly stole the corporal's cruiser, drove to a local convenience store and committed a robbery, authorities said. The cruiser was later found abandoned in Norridgewock.

Williams had been considered armed and dangerous.