After 48 days in the Poconos Mountains of Pennsylvania, fugitive cop-killer Eric Frein was captured Thursday, according to NBC News.
Authorities state that the 31-year-old vigilante-without-a-cause was captured without incident by U.S. Marshals Thursday afternoon, resulting in what most would call an amazing anticlimax, having assumed Frein’s end would come about in a hail of bullets. Frein was captured at an abandoned airfield, where officers found a rifle and pistol inside a hangar.
Frein, as readers likely already know, is wanted for the assassination of State Police Cpl. Bryon Dickson, as well as for the wounding of Trooper Alex Douglass on Sept. 12, after ambushing the officers and fleeing the scene. Many weeks into the manhunt, authorities stumbled onto a camp where Frein had been hiding out, where they recovered a waterlogged diary detailing the night of the ambush, along with an AK-47, two pipe bombs, and rations of tuna fish and Ramen noodles. Though Frein had been spotted several times in the nearly seven-week search, he had yet to be captured until Thursday.
In Frein’s recovered diary, he recounted coldheartedly details such as:
Got a shot around 11 p.m. and took it. He dropped. I was surprised at how quick. I took a follow-up shot on his head, neck area. He was still and quiet after that.
Another cop approached the one I just shot. As he went to kneel, I took a shot at him and [he] jumped in the door. His legs were visible and still.
Throughout the search, authorities would find garbage, ammunition, old fires, and occasionally soiled diapers, which later tested positive for Frein’s DNA.
Frein is being charged with two counts of manufacturing weapons (pipe bombs) in addition to the shootings of the officers.
What most people thought would end in a deadly shoot out is now over. Citizens of Pennsylvania can sleep a little better at night, and contrary to most people’s assumptions, Eric Frein will actually face his day in court.
CAPTURED: Eric Matthew Frein is in custody. Sleep peacefully PA. pic.twitter.com/dUr7KoG5wk
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