Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pennsylvania: Shooter in PA State Police Killing Described as Having Problem with Law Enforcement

According to The Associated Press, the suspect in the killing of a trooper and the critical wounding of another outside a rural state police barracks on September 12, reportedly is a survivalist who has expressed a desire to kill law enforcement officers and commit mass murder, the PA State Police said Tuesday (September 16).
State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan described Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, PA, as still being armed with the .308-caliber rifle that he used to open fire on the barracks late Friday (September 12), State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said at a news conference in which he revealed the suspect's name.
"He has made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and also to commit mass acts of murder," Noonan said. "What his reasons are, we don't know. But he has very strong feelings about law enforcement and seems to be very angry with a lot of things that go on in our society."
Frein was indicted on Tuesday of first-degree murder, homicide of a law enforcement officer and other offenses. About 200 law enforcement officials are still combing the rural area of northeastern Pennsylvania marked by dense forest, but "we have no idea where he is," Noonan said.
An unidentified assailant killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, and critically wounded Trooper Alex Douglass outside the barracks during a late-night shift change then escaped.
COMMENT: Anyone having leads in the whereabouts of Eric Matthew Frein, 31, are urged to contact the Pennsylvania State Police on (717) 705-2306.

Authorities were led to Frein after a resident who was walking his dog in a wooded area two miles from the barracks spotted a vehicle slightly submerged in a pond and called 911. 
In the vehicle, police found shell casings that matched those found at the crime scene where Corporal Dixon was shot and killed and seriously injured Trooper Alex Douglass, Noonan said.
Investigators also found Frein's Social Security card, a Pennsylvania Game Commission range permit, camouflage face paint, a black hooded sweatshirt, two empty rifle cases and military gear, Noonan said.

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