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Governor Issues Emergency Proclamation Restricting Hunting During Manhunt

April 27, 2018

For Immediate Release: Friday, April 27, 2018
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage has issued an Emergency Proclamation that suspends all hunting, including the start of turkey season, in the portions of Norridgewock, Skowhegan and Fairfield where the manhunt continues for the fugitive who police are seeking in connection with the shooting death of Somerset County Deputy Sheriff Corporal Eugene Cole earlier this week.

“I am using my executive authority to ensure the safety of the public and our law enforcement officers,” stated Governor LePage. “We are heartbroken yet determined to find the fugitive and bring him to justice as swiftly as possible. I thank our law enforcement officers and those from the federal government and surrounding states for their hard work in difficult conditions over the past several days.”

“Residents of Somerset County have been on high alert for suspicious activity and are advised to call 9-1-1 if they see anything that could help locate the suspect John Williams. I ask all Mainers for your continued cooperation and patience during this difficult time,” the Governor continued.

The proclamation suspends until further notice all hunting to include youth wild-turkey hunting day on Saturday April 28, and regular wild-turkey season, which begins Monday April 30. The attached map defines the area where hunting is suspended in portions of Norridgewock, Skowhegan and Fairfield.

Considering the ongoing manhunt in that area, a heavy police presence remains and will continue until the suspect is apprehended. The activities associated with hunting may trigger residents to report suspicious activity and cause an unnecessary police response.

The Proclamation and map are available here: http://www.maine.gov/governor/lepage/news/news_display.shtml?id=795440 .

The U.S. and State of Maine flags continue to fly at half staff through sunset today, Friday, April 27, in memory of Corporal Cole, returning to full staff on Saturday. Both flags will again be lowered on the day of his funeral.

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