WASHINGTON, D.C. – Maine’s U.S. senators are expressing their condolences on the loss of Cpl. Eugene Cole of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.
Senators Susan Collins and Angus King were in Westbrook to support a nonprofit that helps provide rides for the elderly and disabled.
At the event, both senators also spoke about the murder of Cole.
They say they are glad John Williams is in custody and that he should never have had a gun.
“It would be good if we could tighten up the background checks system to be more careful about who gets more firearms,” Senator King said. “I’m a big supporter of the second amendment but that there are certain people who shouldn’t have a gun.”
Added Senator Collins: “We don’t want someone who has a dangerous mental illness or a criminal record to be able to purchase a firearm.”
Both senators say their thoughts and prayers are with the Cole family and law enforcement, as those who knew Corporal Cole continue to mourn.