The manhunt for 29-year-old John Daniel Williams entered its third day today as police officers offered a reward and continued to comb central Maine.
Police aren't sure what led to the shooting and don't know if Williams is being helped by an accomplice. Eugene Cole took place between 1 and 2 a.m. on Wednesday in Norridgewock. "Tonight, the citizens of Somerset County can sleep well and knowing that a unsafe man has been taken off the streets", the sheriff said.
'If John Williams is listening to me, I'd like to address him directly, ' Lancaster said. Officers put him into the back seat of an unmarked state police vehicle and detectives whisked him away. "We'll do anything to resolve this situation peacefully".
Lancaster said 175 to 200 officers from multiple agencies have been working on the case. Shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday, the cruiser was found abandoned.
A law enforcement official said during a press briefing early Thursday that they do not believe the suspect has become "mobile". A state police spokesman declined to say whether Williams had been apprehended or had turned himself in.
But Chris Shulenski, who's friends with Williams, has more details.
Sirois said Williams lived with her when he was in high school after having a falling out with his parents.
Cole's handcuffs were used in the arrest, authorities said.
Dashcam footage from Cole's patrol vehicle minutes before he was shot shows Williams entering the store (left) and emerging a minute later at 1.41am.
"He was certainly struggling with addiction", Sirois said, "and it seemed to get progressively worse from September to after Christmas when he was asked to leave".
Williams had been arrested in Haverhill on March 22 on firearms charges after he drove into a ditch off Interstate 495 just before 4 a.m. He was released on bail and expected in court on Wednesday.
Sirois said she has no idea what transpired that morning and hopes Williams turns himself in.
"Maybe because of this", she said, "people will be more willing to step in when people are having a hard time".
Police have issued a nationwide alert and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to 29 year old John Williams.