Senate President Michael Thibodeau:

“I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Corporal Eugene Cole, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department, and all who serve in Maine law enforcement. The tragic death of Corporal Cole serves as reminder of the enormous debt we owe to all who work in law enforcement for the sacrifices they make every day, and the risks they take on our behalf to keep our communities safe. As the search continues for the individual responsible for this senseless act, I hope you will join me in praying for the safety of our officers.”

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins:

“I am deeply saddened to learn Cpl. Eugene Cole was killed in the line of duty in Norridgewock this morning. Cpl. Cole served the citizens of Somerset County for 13 years with honor & distinction, & Maine will be eternally grateful for his brave actions to protect his community.”

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin:

“I am absolutely horrified and heartbroken by the reports this morning of the killing of one of our brave law enforcement officers, Deputy Sheriff Corporal Eugene Cole, in Norridgewock, who was responding to an incident and preforming his duty. Every single day, the men and women of our law enforcement put their lives on the line to protect our families and our communities. I am praying for Mr. Cole, his family, and our entire community today and I send them my deepest condolences. I’ll continue to monitor this situation closely.”

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