Police wrestled John Williams, 29, to the bottom within the woods outdoors a distant cabin in Maine, USA, the place he had been hiding after allegedly gunning down a deputy sheriff. Cole sometime between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, CNN reports that Williams took the officer's vehicle in the same town of Norridgewock where he committed another crime, this time a theft at a convenience store. Williams was arraigned on March 22 on gun charges after he drove off the road and was arrested by Massachusetts State Police on firearms charges.
The arrest brought some closure to the deputy's family and relief to residents who've been "on edge", said Larry Tilton, a friend of Cole's.
Williams was uninjured, police said.
Williams was angry about his girlfriend's arrest and he'd told a friend that "as of tomorrow, I'll be a fugitive". A $20,000 reward had been offered for information leading to his capture, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.
Tom Cole said the grieving for his brother can start now that Williams is in custody.
State and local law enforcement flooded the region this week, with a particularly massive police presence in Norridgewock, where the shooting occurred.
Cote said teams of law enforcement officers were combing the area and were confident they had confined Williams to an area between Bear Mountain and Lost Brook, west of Route 139 in Norridgewock.More news: Forecast: Temps dip overnight; rain possible Friday afternoon
Williams was wanted in the fatal shooting this week of Cpl.
He supplied "restricted resistance" when being arrested and brought to the Waterville Police Division for questioning, police mentioned. (AAP) The widescale manhunt involved heavily armed officers scouring the woods for Corporal Cole's killer. Williams is expected to make his initial court appearance soon.
"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.
Williams' arrest ends a phase of the crisis, but an investigation into his alleged connection continues and a criminal trial lies ahead.
Cole became the first law enforcement officer in ME to be killed in the line of duty in almost 30 years.
The sheriff's office said Cole was a 13-year veteran of the agency. Lancaster calls him an "outstanding employee" and "one of the finest deputies".
His funeral is set for Monday, may 7th at the Cross Center in Bangor.