Public officials and police agencies are taking to social media to express their sadness over the shooting death of Corporal Eugene Cole of the Somerset County Sheriff's Office.

It seems fitting that rain is falling in Maine today, as they whole state is mourning the loss of a valued member of law enforcement. People who knew Corporal Cole talk about his dedication to public service, opting to continue to work when many would have been enjoying retirement. Our sincerest condolences to the Cole family and members of Maine's law enforcement community.

It has to be so hard for the officers, troopers, and deputies who are, even now, combing the state, looking for suspect John Williams. As of 5:00 this evening, he remained at large. As they deal with a jumble of emotions over a death of their own, they're on the job, walking through woods and conducting traffic stops. Our greatest thanks and respect to all of them for their dedication to our safety.

Governor Paul LePage has ordered all flags in Maine lowered to half-staff for at least three days, in honor of Corporal Cole. And he, like many others, took to social media to offer condolences. Here are just a few of the many: