Eric Frein, the suspect wanted in the shooting death of a state trooper and the wounding of another officer at a police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania, is now in police custody, Pennsylvania State Police said on Thursday.
His capture marks the end of a month-long, intensive manhunt in the Pocono Mountains.
As we reported back in September, Frein, 31, was described by police as a “survivalist,” who had expressed interest in killing law enforcement officers and committing acts of mass murder.
CNN reports the manhunt involved as many as 1,000 law enforcement officers and cost several million dollars.
Tpr. Connie Devens, a public information officer for Pennsylvania State Police, confirmed his capture via email, adding that they would not be releasing further information at this time.
Quoting “a senior law enforcement” official, NBC News reports Frein was “captured in a hangar at Pocono Mountain Airport in Mount Pocono.”
Throughout the manhunt, NBC reports, police had found “a diary entry, his AK-47, two homemade pipe bombs and several campsites.”
“In the diary, Frein — a military reenactment buff and survivalist — described how he fled in his Jeep but got only a half-mile before he encountered a roadblock.
” ‘Got a shot around 11 p.m. and took it,’ he wrote in an entry dated Sept. 12. ‘He dropped. I was surprised at how quick. I took a follow-up shot on his head, neck area. He was still and quiet after that.
” ‘Another cop approached the one I just shot,’ Frein continued. ‘As he went to kneel, I took a shot at him and jumped in the door. His legs were visible and still.’ ”