LORDS VALLEY, Pa. — A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, killing one and seriously wounding the other, was captured Thursday by US marshals in an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt that had rattled the nerves of residents, authorities said.
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Eric Frein, District Attorney Ray Tonkin said.
The quiet takedown of Frein ended weeks of tension and turmoil in the area, as authorities at times closed schools, canceled outdoor events, and blockaded roads to pursue him. Residents grew weary of hearing helicopters overhead, while small businesses suffered mounting losses and town supervisors canceled a Halloween parade.
Frein is charged with opening fire outside the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12, killing Corporal Bryon Dickson and seriously wounding another trooper.
Police said they linked him to the ambush after a man walking his dog discovered his partly submerged sport utility vehicle three days later in a swamp a few miles from the shooting scene. Inside, investigators found shell casings matching those found at the barracks as well as Frein’s driver’s license, camouflage face paint, two empty rifle cases, and military gear.
Officials, saying Frein was armed and extremely dangerous, had urged residents to be alert and cautious.