Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pennsylvania: PSP Closing in On Fugitive Eric Frein, 31, Who Shot, Killed 1 Trooper, Injured Another

According to ABC News, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) seems to be narrowing its efforts in the attempted assassination of two state troopers, thanks largely to some "very credible" tips, police said in a press conference earlier today (September 22).

"I do believe that we are close to him at this point," State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said.
Bivens said the PSP is now focusing on the northern end of Monroe County, near the border of Pike County in eastern Pennsylvania, not far from where suspect Eric Frein is accused of ambushing the Blooming Grove police barracks September 12, killing one officer and critically injuring another.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, also at the press conference, said that Frein's issue is with police, not civilians.
Officials found an AK-47 assault rifle and two clips in the dense Pennsylvania forest near the barracks where Frein allegedly killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass.
"We are pushing him hard. He is no longer safe and I am confident that he will be apprehended," Bivens said in a news conference Sunday. "Both dogs and human trackers are getting indications that we are on the right trail."
COMMENT: Colonel Bivens said trackers discovered the items Frein hid or abandoned in the woods they believe he had been carrying while on the run. Authorities did not yet know whether the recovered weapon had been used in the September 12 ambush at the state police barracks.
"We know that Frein has prepared and planned extensively for months, and maybe years," Bivens said. "He planned his attack and his retreat."
Police say they have not seen the 31-year-old self-described survivalist, but hundreds of officers are chasing every possible lead.
Roman Kamensky, who used to perform military re-enactments with Frein, says he may be thinking like a solider at war."If he wants to kill more cops he's probably waiting for them to walk into his kill box," Kamensky said.
Police emphasized Sunday they believe Frein isn't after civilians and have since lifted a shelter-in-place order for thousands of residents in the area.
Residents are still being told to stay alert and avoid wooded areas.
"The suspect is still considered armed and dangerous,” Bivens said. “We ask and remind residents to lock all doors as well as their vehicles. At night, keep the exterior of their homes well lit.”
Residents in the area are keeping track of the manhunt by listening to police scanners.
The search is focusing on a several-square-mile area on the border of Pike and Monroe counties around the nearby village where Frein grew up, Bivens said.

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