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Fugitive in Pa. Trooper Shooting Faces Court

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Eric Matthew Frein exits the Pike County Courthouse with police officers after an arraignment in Milford, Pennsylvania. (Mark Makela/Reuters/Landov)

Friday, 31 Oct 2014 02:02 PM

Eric Frein, captured after a seven-week manhunt and held with the handcuffs of a Pennsylvania trooper he is accused of slaying, arrived at court on Friday to face murder charges, authorities said.

Prosecutors will seek capital punishment for the 31-year-old survivalist, who faces a first-degree murder charge and one count of homicide of a police officer, among other charges, Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin said.

Frein was apprehended on Thursday night after eluding a massive manhunt underway since the Sept. 12 ambush that killed Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass, 31, outside their barracks in Blooming Grove.

He surrendered at an abandoned aircraft hanger about 35 miles south of where the ambush took place during a shift change.

He was found by the U.S. Marshals service on routine patrol at a shuttered resort in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, and then was held with the handcuffs that belonged to Dickson, according to police.

"Eric Frein had a mission and that was to attack law enforcement," Frank Noonan, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, said at a news conference on Thursday.

The manhunt has involved hundreds of officers from state,

local and federal agencies, using helicopters, armored vehicles and sophisticated tracking technology.

Frein, who was on the FBI's most wanted list, surrendered without incident, police said. Two firearms were found in the hangar but Frein was carrying no weapons.

Police have said the suspect, an expert marksman whose hobbies included dressing like a Serbian soldier in a war reenactment group, held a longstanding grudge against law enforcement, but they have provided little evidence. The sniper was not targeting any individual officer, according to police.

Tannersville, about 100 miles north of Philadelphia, is the center of the sprawling wooded terrain where police concentrated their search for Frein, who lived with his parents in Canadensis, 20 miles south of the barracks.

The heavy police presence and the aggressive tactics employed during the manhunt rattled many residents of the normally peaceful area of northeastern Pennsylvania, even as the shootings appalled the community.

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Eric Frein, captured after a seven-week manhunt and held with the handcuffs of a Pennsylvania trooper he is accused of slaying, arrived at court on Friday to face murder charges, authorities said. Prosecutors will seek capital punishment for the 31-year-old survivalist, who...
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