Suspect in deputy killing held in maximum security prison

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Folks in and around the Norridgewock area are breathing a sigh of relief after the capture and arrest of John Williams.

It's unclear what preceded the shooting, but Cole had been involved in the arrest of Williams' girlfriend several days earlier, and Williams was anxious about being arrested himself for failing to appear in court in MA on firearm charges the day of the shooting.

Cole was the first law enforcement officer in ME to be killed in the line of duty in nearly 30 years.

The team of law enforcement officers who found and captured fugitive John Williams.

Williams then drove Cole's squad vehicle to a convenience store in the same town and committed a theft there, Maine State Police said.

The FBI, along with local and state agencies, offered a $20,000 for information leading to Williams's arrest.

When it came time to apprehend Williams, officers fittingly used slain officer Cole's handcuffs to restrain the man.

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Cote said Williams was first taken to the Waterville Police Department for questioning, and by Saturday night was expected to be transferred to the Maine Correctional Center in Windham.

Hunting has been suspended in three ME towns as the manhunt continues for the fugitive police seek in connection with a deputy sheriff's fatal shooting. A lawyer likely will be appointed for him at his initial court appearance.

It was unclear if Williams has an attorney to speak on his behalf. Eugene Cole. Law enforcement is on the fourth day of a manhunt.

Williams' arrest ends a phase of the crisis, but an investigation into his alleged connection continues and a criminal trial lies ahead.

Before the arrest, the wife of the slain deputy had implored his killer to turn himself in, or at least reach out to police.

He was a 13-year veteran of the department who was known for being respectful and patient in his dealing with people. Sheriff Dale Lancaster calls him an "outstanding employee, one of the finest deputies".

"Mr. Williams, be assured you'll be treated the same way Corporal Cole would have treated you if you have given him the opportunity - with dignity and respect", according to the widow's statement, ABC affiliate WCJB reported. A funeral is planned for May 7.