Corporal Eugene Cole’s Funeral Arrangements And Manhunt Update
Manhunt For Shooting Suspect John Williams
Law enforcement officials say the manhunt continues and revealed the plans for Corporal Cole's funeral arrangements at the afternoon press briefing.
The stress of the past few days is starting to show on the faces of the people involved with the search for shooting suspect John Williams. A very tired looking Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster once again today urged Williams, if he was listening, to come forward and talk to them so they could achieve a peaceful end to the search. Law enforcement agencies from Maine, New Hampshire, and Federal agencies are continuing the effort tonight.
Williams is accused of shooting to death Somerset County Sheriff's Deputy Corporal Eugene Cole, a 13-year veteran of the agency. Cole was well-respected in the region and his tragic death is having a tremendous impact on residents, as well as the law enforcement community. Sheriff Lancaster asked today that anyone who was planning to donate food for the searchers, please contact the fire department ahead of time. So many people have contributed food that the department has run out of room to store it. Lancaster thanked the community members for their generosity and caring, and thanked the media for the coverage and also for respecting Corporal Cole's family.
The funeral for Corporal Eugene Cole will be held at noon on Monday, May 7th, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. It's expected to attract an incredible number of police officers from Maine, Federal agencies, and from across the country, as well as residents of Somerset County.
Law enforcement officials ask that Mainers remain vigilant this week, reporting any suspicious activity, and checking on their neighbors. Williams is still considered armed and extremely dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone who thinks they've spotted him should call 911 immediately. The FBI has offered a reward of up to $20,000 to anyone supplying information that leads to Williams' arrest.