Po­lice: Bar­racks am­bush sus­pect sought mass mur­der

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

BLOOM­ING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — The sus­pect in the killing of a trooper and the crit­i­cal wound­ing of another out­side a ru­ral bar­racks is a sur­vival­ist who has ex­pressed a de­sire to kill law en­force­ment of­fi­cers and com­mit mass mur­der, state po­lice said Tues­day.

Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canaden­sis, Penn­syl­va­nia, is still armed with the .308-cal­iber ri­fle that he used to open fire on the bar­racks late Fri­day, State Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Frank Noo­nan said at a news con­fer­ence in which he re­vealed the sus­pect’s name.

Noo­nan called Frein “ex­tremely dan­ger­ous.”

“He has made state­ments about want­ing to kill law en­force­ment of­fi­cers and also to com­mit mass acts of mur­der,” Noo­nan said. “What his rea­sons are, we don’t know. But he has very strong feel­ings about law en­force­ment and seems to be very angry with a lot of things that go on in our so­ci­ety.”

Frein was charged Tues­day with first-de­gree mur­der, homi­cide of a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer and other of­fenses. About 200 law en­force­ment of­fi­cials are comb­ing the ru­ral area of northeastern Penn­syl­va­nia marked by dense for­est, but “we have no idea where he is,” Noo­nan said.

A gun­man killed Cpl. Bryon Dick­son, 38, and crit­i­cally wounded Trooper Alex Dou­glass out­side the bar­racks dur­ing a late-night shift change, then slipped away.

Au­thor­i­ties were led to Frein after a res­i­dent who was walk­ing his dog in a wooded area two miles from the bar­racks spot­ted a ve­hi­cle slightly sub­merged in a pond and called 911. In the ve­hi­cle, po­lice found shell cas­ings that matched those found at the shoot­ing scene, Noo­nan said.

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