Some of the 200 officers from county, state, municipal and federal agencies involved in the manhunt for murder suspect John D. Williams get their assignments at a law enforcement briefing inside the Norridgewock Fire Station on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Gov. Paul LePage has canceled hunting in the area due to the search. Credit: Courtesy of the Maine State Police

In light of the ongoing manhunt for a suspect believed to have shot and killed a sheriff’s deputy earlier this week, Gov. Paul LePage on Friday temporarily suspended recreational hunting in portions of Norridgewock, Skowhegan and Fairfield.

“The activities associated with hunting may trigger residents to report suspicious activity and cause an unnecessary police response,” LePage said April 27. “We are heartbroken yet determined to find the fugitive and bring him to justice as swiftly as possible.”

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The emergency proclamation suspends all hunting until further notice, including youth wild turkey hunting day on Saturday, April 28 and regular turkey season, which starts Monday, April 30.

The search for 29-year-old John Daniel Williams continued Friday afternoon.

On Wednesday, Williams allegedly shot and killed Somerset County Sheriff’s Deputy Eugene Cole, stole his police cruiser and used it to rob a convenience store. Williams left the car on Martin Stream Road sometime early Wednesday morning. On Friday, police focused their efforts on searching the wooded area near Martin Stream Road.

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