$20k Reward Offered for Information Leading to Arrest of Man Who Allegedly Killed Maine Sheriff's Deputy

Posted: Apr 26, 2018 8:15 PM

In a press release issued today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of suspected police killer, John Daniel Williams.

From the FBI:

"In the early morning hours of April 25, 2018, Williams allegedly shot and killed Corporal Eugene Cole of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office in the town of Norridgewock, Maine. Following the murder, Williams stole Corporal Cole’s marked cruiser, drove to the Cumberland Farms in Norridgewock, and committed a theft. Williams fled the scene of the theft in the cruiser. Shortly after 5:00 a.m., the cruiser was located abandoned off of Martin Stream Road in Norridgewock. An arrest warrant was issued out of Somerset County Superior Court in Skowhegan, Maine for murder of a police officer. Williams remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous."

Earlier today, Sommerset County authorities cautioned all Maine residents to be vigiliant and peladed with teha ccused killer to turn himself in. 

From Bangor Daily News:

"We do have some belief that he might still be in the area,” (said Somerset County Sheriff Lancaster) during a media conference.

“Today we continue to have a large contingency of county, state, local and federal law enforcement dedicate to capture of John Williams,” Lancaster said.

Police have had no contact with Williams, “but we believe he is still armed and dangerous,” he said.

“I’m asking John Williams personally, if you are listening to my words today, I implore you to turn yourself in,” Lancaster said.

"Mr. Williams poses a very real danger to the public. We’re hoping this reward incentivizes anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact law enforcement. And if you see him, call 911 immediately, but do not approach,” said Harold H. Shaw, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston Division.

Williams is a described as a "29-year-old male with blue eyes and brown hair. He is 5’6” in height and weighs approximately 120 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black beanie hat, a dark-colored zip-up jacket, gray pants, and tan boots. His last known address is 16 Jones Street in Madison, Maine, and he has ties to New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Williams has at least eight tattoos: the words “SEVEN ELEVEN” on his chest, below his collarbones; the abbreviation “est” in between his pectorals; the name “WILLIAMS” on his lower abdomen, above his navel; a half-sleeve on his left arm; the word “Semper” on his upper right arm; the word “Fidelis” on his upper left arm; a small safety selector symbol on the back of his left hand; and “Molon Labe” on his right forearm."

Photo provided by the FBI