Dear Campus Community,

We have just learned that the suspect in the police shooting in Norridgewock has been apprehended by police. He has been taken into custody and we are told that there is no further threat to public safety related to this incident.

While Colby’s campus is a relatively safe one, and Maine continues to be a relatively safe state, this incident has been a reminder that we cannot take our safety for granted. Thank you for continuing to look out for one another.

Sincerely,

Karlene Burrell-McRae
Dean of the College

Douglas Terp
Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer


Dear Students,

Thank you for your continued attention as we await resolution in the criminal situation that began in Norridgewock Wednesday morning. With the weekend approaching, we write to make you aware of some security protocols that will be in place.

Card access will be required for all Colby buildings from 7 p.m. today, Friday, through 6 a.m. Monday. Please carry your Colby Card with you at all times. Increased security presence and lighting on campus will continue throughout the weekend. If you feel uncomfortable walking on campus, you may call security at ext. 4000 for an escort.

As we have noted several times, please continue to take safety precautions:

  • Do not prop doors open. Keep exterior building doors closed and not allow unknown individuals to enter
  • Pay extra attention to your surroundings
  • Walk in pairs or groups
  • Report anything suspicious to campus security at ext. 5911 or dial 911

Students who live or venture off campus should be particularly aware of the importance of traveling in pairs or groups and should aim to carpool if at all possible. Please also be sure to lock your vehicles, remove valuables from vehicles or keep them out of sight, and be mindful of your surroundings at all times.

We will continue to keep you updated and thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Karlene Burrell-McRae ’94
Dean of the College

Douglas Terp
Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer


Dear Campus Community,

As we enter the evening hours with no resolution in the search for the suspect in the Norridgewock shooting, we will again heighten our security and precautionary measures overnight. We have not received any information to indicate that Colby is at any distinct risk.

As of 7 p.m. tonight, card access will be required for all campus buildings. Please continue to carry your Colby Card with you at all times. You may also notice an enhanced security presence and increased lighting on campus.

If you feel uncomfortable walking on campus, you are welcome to call security at ext. 4000 for an escort.

As we have noted several times, please continue to take safety precautions:

  • Do not prop doors open. Keep exterior building doors closed and not allow unknown individuals to enter
  • Pay extra attention to your surroundings
  • Walk in pairs or groups
  • Report anything suspicious to campus security at ext. 5911 or dial 911

We will keep you updated as we learn of any developments. Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,

Karlene Burrell-McRae
Dean of the College

Douglas Terp
Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer


Dear Campus Community,

We continue to monitor the situation involving a suspect large in Central Maine. As you know, we enhanced our security and lighting last night, and we will do the same tonight if this situation has not yet been resolved.

Last night all Colby buildings required Colby Card access. During daytime hours, doors on some buildings that are normally openly accessible will be locked—these are the doors that do not have card access. Please plan to use alternate doors until further notice.

Should the situation remain unresolved this evening, you may need your Colby Card to enter any building on campus. In that case, we will send an update late this afternoon with additional information.

Please continue to take precautions for the safety of the community:

  • Do not prop doors open. Keep exterior building doors closed and not allow unknown individuals to enter
  • Pay extra attention to your surroundings
  • Walk in pairs or groups
  • Report anything suspicious to campus security at ext. 5911 or dial 911

We will continue to monitor the situation and send updates as appropriate. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Sincerely,

Karlene Burrell-McRae
Dean of the College

Douglas Terp
Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer


John Williams On April 25, a Somerset County Sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed in Norridgewock, Maine, a small town about 15 miles from Colby. The suspect — 29-year-old John Williams of Madison, Maine — remains at large. Willams is reported to be about 5’6” and 120 pounds, with brown hair, blue eyes, and a beard. (See photo distributed by Maine State Police at right).

While we have no information to suggest that he is headed toward Waterville or Colby, we are taking extra precautions and urging our students to increase their awareness and observe heightened safety measures.

Below are the messages that have been shared with the campus community.

We continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates as we communicate with Colby students, faculty, and staff.


Dear Campus Community,

The suspect in the police shooting in Norridgewock, which occurred this morning about 15 miles from Colby, remains at large. We still have no information to suggest that the suspect is headed toward Waterville or Colby.

As we enter the evening hours, we are taking additional safety measures, including enhancing the security presence and increasing lighting on campus. As of 6 p.m. tonight, card access will be required for all campus buildings. Please remember to continue to carry your Colby ID card with you at all times. These are precautionary measures and not in response to any known increased risk.

We also ask that you continue to take precautions as outlined earlier today:

  • Do not prop doors open. Keep exterior building doors closed and not allow unknown individuals to enter
  • Pay extra attention to your surroundings
  • Walk in pairs or groups
  • Report anything suspicious to campus security at ext. 5911 or dial 911

If you feel unsafe walking on campus, you are welcome to call security at ext. 4000 for an escort.

Since our earlier message, Maine State Police has issued an updated description of the suspect. He is 5’6”, about 120 pounds, and has brown hair, blue eyes, and a beard.

We will continue to monitor the situation and send updates as appropriate. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Sincerely,

Karlene Burrell-McRae
Dean of the College

Douglas Terp
Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer


Dear Campus Community,

We write to make you aware of an emerging criminal situation that began early today in Norridgewock, about 15 miles from campus. A police officer was shot and killed, and as of this time, the suspect is at large.

While we have no information to suggest that the suspect is headed toward Waterville or Colby, we are asking all members of the community to exercise caution during this time.

  • Pay extra attention to your surroundings
  • Walk in pairs or groups
  • Keep exterior building doors closed and do not allow unknown individuals to enter
  • Report anything suspicious to campus security at ext. 5530 or dial 911

Should it become necessary, we may restrict access to administrative and academic buildings, which would require card access for entry. Therefore, until further notice, please be sure to carry your Colby ID card with you in the event doors need to be locked.

The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old John Williams of Madison, Maine. He is 5’6” tall, weighs about 120 pounds. His hair is brown, shaved on the sides with a ponytail on top.

We will continue to monitor the situation, and if we become aware of an imminent threat we will use the emergency notification system to send urgent emails, phone messages, and text messages to the community.

Thank you for your attention. We will continue to keep the community apprised as we receive relevant updates.

Sincerely,

Karlene Burrell-McRae
Dean of the College

Douglas Terp
Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer