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Pennsylvania Authorities Name Suspect in Trooper Ambush, Manhunt Under Way

September 16, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Pennsylvania Authorities Name Suspect in Trooper Ambush, Manhunt Under Way

A manhunt is under way for an anti-cop "survivalist" with mass-murder fantasies who is wanted in last week's deadly ambush of Pennsylvania state police barracks, authorities said today. Arrest warrants have been issued for Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Pa., for the Friday night shooting that killed one trooper and left another critically wounded.

"He is at large and he is considered armed and extremely dangerous," Commissioner Frank Noonan said at a press conference. "He has been described as a survivalist...He has made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and also about wanting to commit mass acts of murder."

The gunman opened fire with a .308-caliber rifle on the state police's Blooming Grove barracks late Friday. Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded before the suspect slipped off into the thick forest surrounding the barracks.

A man walking his dog spotted a vehicle slightly submerged in a swampy area near the barracks and called police, who found Frein's ID inside — along with shell casings, empty rifle cases, military gear and camouflage face paint, NBC News reports. Police said shell casings in the car and casings found at the home Frein shared with his parents matched the ones from the barracks shooting. "He’s expressed anti-government leanings in the past, especially toward law enforcement, and he has survivalist training," the commissioner said.

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Jason @ 9/16/2014 3:52 PM

I'm sure he has a collection of tinfoil hats and thinks the Police shouldn't have weapons to protect against him. RIP to the Cpl. Dickson.

Ima Leprechaun @ 9/16/2014 5:17 PM

The weapons used to kill one and shoot another Officer belonged to the suspect's father. The jeep found nearby also belonged to the suspects father. The parents when interviewed, knew the son had serious mental issues. The father a retired Marine Sniper and had taught his son how to shoot and stated the son was a much better shot than him. Realizing that their son had serious mental problems they still made dangerous firearms available to him. He is in possession of a .308 rifle and an AK-47 assault rifle and ammunition. He is most likely still near the barracks hiding in the woods. Found at his home was a book on how to evade capture and sniper techniques. Be careful guys!

Tschako @ 9/16/2014 8:50 PM

California, despite all it's terrible anti-gun and anti-business laws, is close to passing a law that will allow family members,who feel a person has mental problems, direct the police to confiscate those guns for a period of time. Yes, it can, and probably will, be abused, but I think it's the first law of it's kind that has some merit. That said I take the comment above to mean the parents did not try to keep weapons from him.

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