Pennsylvania State Police: Ambush Assailant Suspect Identified

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Pennsylvania State Police have identified a suspect in the ambush shooting that occurred on Sept. 12, 2014, at the Blooming Grove State Police barracks, during which two troopers were attacked, leaving one dead and another critically injured. According to police, the ambush assailant suspect in the shooting of the two state troopers has been described as a sharpshooting survivalist, who disapproved of law enforcement and had threatened mass murder.

The ambush assailant suspect is Eric Matthew Frein, 31, from Canadensis, Pennsylvania. He is a known survivalist, which are individuals with the ability to survive without the help of government or society. They are usually highly trained and resourceful individuals, whom often store food, weapons, and other needed supplies. Pennsylvania State Police have searched Frein’s home and found several incriminating pieces of evidence, including a copy of a book entitled Sniper Training and Employment, according to court papers. Moreover, authorities also found additional incriminating evidence and military gear in the suspect’s vehicle allegedly used at the time of the crime. A local resident, who was walking his dog and lived in close proximity to the rural Blooming Grove State Police barracks, spotted a vehicle submerged in a pond and alerted authorities, who were able to match shell casings found in the car to ones also found at the crime scene.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, an ambush assailant suspect has been identified and the suspect in question has made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers, as well as commit acts of mass murder. Police are unsure of Frein’s reasons for allegedly committing the crime, but have determined that the suspect has very strong feelings about law enforcement and seemed to be very angry with the current state of society.

Pennsylvania State Police have also interviewed Frein’s father, who is a retired U.S. Army Major. Frein’s father was able to provide police with significant and useful information regarding the ambush assailant suspect. The father told police he served in the military for nearly 30 years and had trained his son in artillery and weapons use. The father also told police that his son was a member of the rifle team in high school, and ultimately, his son became a better shot than the father. Moreover, the retired military father informed police that he was missing two weapons, a .308 rifle with a scope and an AK-47, according to court documents released today.

A massive manhunt is now underway in the rural forest area of eastern Pennsylvania to find Frein, who was subsequently charged today with first-degree murder, homicide of a law enforcement officer, and several other offenses. Police described him as a Caucasian male, early 30s, approximately 165 pounds, about 6-feet-1-inches tall, and has blue eyes. The ambush assailant suspect is also said to be armed with the same .308-caliber rifle he allegedly used to shoot the two troopers and is considered “extremely dangerous.” Pennsylvania State Police have also admitted that even though they have now identified a suspect, they have no clues regarding Frein’s whereabouts at this time.

The two Pennsylvania State Police troopers who were attacked in the ambush shooting, Cpl. Bryon Dickinson, 38, who was killed at the scene, and Trooper Alex Douglass, 31, who was critically wounded when an assailant opened fire during a shift change before fleeing the scene. The ambush assailant suspect in the shooting of the two state troopers has been described as a sharpshooting survivalist, who had targeted cops and was known to have threatened mass murder. Pennsylvania State Police are conducting a widespread, massive manhunt for the ambush assailant suspect, Eric Matthew Frein. However, authorities have also admitted that even though they have now identified a suspect, they currently have no clues regarding Frein’s whereabouts at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

By Leigh Haugh

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