Eric Frein, the man wanted in the shooting death of a Pennsylvania State Police officer and the wounding of another, is still on the run while authorities are convinced their intense manhunt will come to an end soon.
According to USA Today, authorities found new clues and items believed to have once been owned by Frein. The Sunday search of an unspecified area uncovered an AK-47-style weapon, certain items, and ammunition.
Eric Frein is accused of ambushing two police officers nine days ago, and two nearby communities near Frein’s home have been in virtual lock-down while the manhunt for the accused cop killer ensued. Police have now lifted the shelter-in-place orders for Price and Barrett townships in Monroe county, although residents are advised to stay out of the woods, remain safe in their homes behind locked doors, and keep exterior lights on at night.
Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens is determined the intense manhunt for the accused Eric Frein will bring him to justice.
“The Pennsylvania State Police will stay focused on this until he is apprehended. Period. We will apprehend him. It’s only a matter of time. He’s moving as we push him.”
Authorities quickly issued an arrest warrant for Eric for first-degree murder and other charges for the ambushed attack on September 12 which left Cpl. Bryon Dickson dead and Trooper Alex Douglass wounded. A civilian dispatcher was also fired upon by the hidden sniper when she tried to help Dickson, but she was not injured.
According to The Morning Call, authorities believe Eric Frein planned an attack “extensively for months, maybe years” but he is “losing items” as he runs from police.
Frein was placed on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list last week. Because Eric is a survivalist, it has been hard for authorities to find him as the area he is suspected of hiding within is heavily wooded.
Bivens strongly advises residents in the area to use “extreme caution” as they go about their daily routines in and around the area in case they should encounter the 31-year-old survivalist. As hunting season approaches, hunters are advised to stay out of areas where law enforcement is searching and to remain vigilant at all times while traveling through the forest. Frein is believed to be hiding out in the Monroe and Pike County border, and authorities believe they may find more of Frein’s items stashed throughout the woods.
Eric Frein is considered armed and extremely dangerous. People living in the area are asked to report any suspicious activity, vehicles, or people to the police.
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