Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole appears to be the 85th law enforcement officer to have died in the line of duty in Maine, according to state records dating back to the early 1800s.
He is the first to die from gunfire since the death of Maine State Police Detective Giles Landry, who was gunned down in his cruiser outside a mobile home in Leeds while investigating a child abuse case on March 31, 1989.
The first Maine officer to die in the line of duty was Ebenezer Parker, who was killed in 1808 while working for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the records show.
The names of Maine’s fallen officers are engraved in granite on the Maine Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Augusta, next to the State House.
4/25/2018: Cpl. Eugene Cole, Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, shot in Norridgewock while on duty.
6/6/2017: Officer Nathan M. Desjardins, Fryeburg Police Department, injuries suffered in a boat crash while responding to a call to search for a missing canoeist.
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