Manhunt under way for survivalist accused of ambushing 2 state police troopers in Pa.
(CNN) — A manhunt was under way Tuesday for a survivalist accused of ambushing two Pennsylvania State Police troopers, killing one and seriously injuring the other, and who has allegedly professed his disdain for anyone in law enforcement.
An arrest warrant for murder in the first degree and other charges has been issued for Eric Matthew Frein, said Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan.
Frein, 31, is a survivalist by hobby who lives in Monroe County, authorities said. Noonan stressed that Frein is likely armed and dangerous, and anyone who might know something about Frein or spot him should first contact authorities.
A person walking their dog saw Frein’s car submerged in a body of water about two miles from Blooming Grove, the police barracks where the shootings happened Friday. The person dialed 911, and investigators found shell casings inside the vehicle that matched casings found at the scene of the shooting.
Investigators also discovered Frein’s Social Security card along with camouflage face paint, a flashlight, a hooded sweatshirt and military gear inside the car. Police searched Frein’s parents’ home and found spent shell casings matching the kind used in the shooting, authorities said.
Pennsylvania authorities are working with the FBI and others throughout the country to sift through tips that have come in the case, officials said.
Friends and relatives who were interviewed by investigators said that Frein had talked about his disdain for law enforcement, according to authorities.
“This was nothing he kept quiet,” said Noonan, who said he wished those people had spoken up before the bloodshed at Blooming Grove.
Earlier this week, authorities said they were offering a $75,000 reward for information leading to the suspect or suspects.
As of Monday, the trooper who survived the shooting had not been interviewed.
Alex T. Douglass was conscious and speaking for the first time Monday since undergoing surgery after the shooting, police said.
“First and foremost is our concern for his health and recovery. So we’re letting the doctors do what they need to do, and at an appropriate time that will occur. We expect that to happen in the very near future,” Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said Monday.
Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson was killed in the attack.