Manhunt Underway for Maine Man With Haverhill Ties Wanted for Killing Sheriff’s Deputy

Maine's John Williams, arrested last month in Haverhill, is wanted in the murder of Sheriff's Deputy Cpl. Eugene Cole. (File photograph)

A Maine man with ties to Haverhill is the subject of a manhunt currently underway in the town of Norridgewock, Maine, after a sheriff’s deputy was killed early Wednesday morning.

John Williams (courtesy photo)

Arrested last month in Haverhill by Massachusetts State Police during a traffic stop on Interstate 495, 29-year-old John Williams is wanted for gunning down Corporal Eugene Cole, stealing his police cruiser and using it to flee after robbing a Cumberland Farms store on April 25.

According to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, Williams was due to appear in Haverhill District Court Wednesday to answer to last month’s charges of improper storage of an unlicensed firearm and possession of a large capacity firearm (9 mm Smith & Wesson with a 16-round magazine), in addition to motor vehicle-related charges.

Williams was arraigned on March 22, posting $5,000 bail—reduced from the state’s originally asked-for $10,000—on March 31.

Williams, last residing in Madison, Maine, is described as 5-foot-6, 120 lbs., and has brown hair, with sides that are shaved, and blue eyes. Maine State Police consider him to be armed and dangerous and a nationwide alert has been issued.