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John Daniel Williams
John Daniel WilliamsFBI PHOTO

Hunting has been suspended in parts of three towns in Central Maine where the manhunt continued Friday for a fugitive wanted for the fatal shooting of a deputy sheriff, state environmental officials said.

Governor Paul LePage issued an emergency proclamation closing all hunting in parts of Norridgewock, Skowhegan and Fairfield, according to a statement from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

The proclamation, which suspends hunting until further notice, was made the day before Youth Wild Turkey Hunting Day on Saturday, and the start of regular turkey hunting season on Monday.

The search for John Daniel Williams, 29, of Madison, Maine, entered its third day Friday. He allegedly shot and killed Somerset County Deputy Corporal Eugene Cole, 62, early Wednesday morning in Norridgewock.

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Williams, who is considered armed and dangerous, also has ties to Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He had been due to appear in a Haverhill court later on gun charges later Wednesday.

The FBI on Thursday announced a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to his arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Maine State Police at 207-624-7076. Tips can also be electronically submitted at tips.fbi.gov.


Martha Schick can be reached at martha.schick@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MarthaSchick.