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Ambush suspect held in dead trooper's handcuffs

Posted October 30, 2014 11:11 p.m. EDT
Updated October 30, 2014 11:17 p.m. EDT

— Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett says a survivalist accused of ambushing two troopers last month was held in the handcuffs of a trooper he's believed to have killed when he was arrested.

Survivalist Eric Frein (freen) was captured Thursday by U.S. marshals in an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a lengthy manhunt that rattled the nerves of area residents. The takedown of Frein ended seven weeks of tension and turmoil, as authorities at times closed schools, canceled outdoor events and blockaded roads to pursue him.

Frein is accused of opening fire outside the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12, killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and seriously wounding another trooper.

Police said they linked him to the ambush after his SUV was found in a nearby swamp. They called him armed and extremely dangerous.


Associated Press writers Alicia A. Caldwell in Washington and Maryclaire Dale in Philadelphia contributed to this report.