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Death penalty sought for trooper ambush suspect

2 years 1 month 1 week ago October 31, 2014 Oct 31, 2014 Friday, October 31 2014 October 31, 2014 1:03 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Rubinkam

LORDS VALLEY, PA - Prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty for a survivalist accused of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper in an ambush.

Survivalist Eric Frein 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.

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