Somerset County Deputy Cpl. Eugene Cole (Photo: Somerset County SO)

Somerset County Deputy Cpl. Eugene Cole (Photo: Somerset County SO)

State and federal authorities are searching for a man suspected of shooting and killing a Maine sheriff’s deputy and stealing his patrol vehicle before robbing a store, authorities said.

Somerset County Deputy Cpl. Eugene Cole was killed in the line of duty early Wednesday morning in Norridgewock, police said Wednesday morning.

“We have lost an outstanding deputy today who has served with great distinction for the last 13 years,” Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster said during a news conference. “He was one of the finest deputies you would want to meet.”

The suspect, John D. Williams, 29, of Madison, ME, is still at large and is armed and considered dangerous, Lancaster said. A nationwide manhunt is underway. State and federal agencies, including the FBI, are working to find him, the Bangor Daily News reports.

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