Corporal Eugene Philip Cole

Corporal Eugene Philip Cole

Somerset County Sheriff's Office, Maine

End of Watch Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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Eugene Philip Cole

Corporal Eugene Cole was shot and killed along Route 2, in Norridgewock, by a suspect who was out on bond for a previous weapons charge.

The suspect shot Corporal Cole and then stole his fully-marked patrol car between 1:00 am and 2:00 am. He drove the cruiser to a nearby store and robbed it before fleeing again. He then abandoned the patrol car nearby and fled on foot. After a four-day manhunt in the area, the 29-year-old suspect was apprehended.

In 2019, the suspect was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Corporal Cole was a United States Army veteran and had served with the Somerset County Sheriff's Office for 13 years. He is survived by his wife of 41 years and four sons, one of whom also serves with the Somerset County Sheriff's Office.

The Route 201A bridge over the Kennebec River was renamed the Corporal Eugene Cole Memorial Bridge.


  • Age 61
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 1312
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Life sentence

narcotics, robbery

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My name is Dustin. Back in 09-2010 deputy Cole had arrested me a few times. When I was lost on a path in life blinded by fog of immaturity. When I heard he was hurt I got angry. For the simple reason that deputy Cole was a very caring and generous man. During my darkest days I've dealt with officers all around Maine and alot treated me as if I was beneath them. But not deputy Cole. He treated me as human, as a man, as a equal. He showed me not all cops are the same. He taught me to respect those you want to respect you. I hurt knowing that if the d*** who he was trying to detained simply asked for help deputy Cole would of helped him with his substance abuse. But instead he was a coward and took a great man's life. You will live on in many of our memories sir. Thank you for your service.

Dustin Gagne
Past arrestee

December 4, 2021

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