Corporal Eugene Cole of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office in Maine was shot and killed along Route 2, in Norridgewock, by a subject who was out on bond for a previous weapons charge.
The subject shot Corporal Cole and then stole his fully-marked patrol car between 1:00 am and 2:00 am. He drove the cruiser to a nearby store and robbed it, before fleeing again. He abandoned the patrol car nearby, and fled on foot. After a four-day manhunt in the area, the 29-year-old suspect was apprehended.
Corporal Cole had served with the Somerset County Sheriff's Office for 13 years. He is survived by four children, one of whom also serves with the agency.
Corporal Cole’s funeral is scheduled to be held in Bangor Maine on Monday May 7th and it is anticipated that thousands of law enforcement officers from across the country will gather in Bangor to pay their respects to Corporal Cole and his family.
Donations are currently being accepted to help cover funeral expenses and to establish a scholarship fund in Corporal Cole’s memory. Any additional funds will be given directly to Cpl. Cole's Family. Donations can also be made at Machias Savings Bank , 581 Wilson Street, Brewer ME 04412