Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Thursday night that suspected cop-killer Eric Frein was arrested using the handcuffs of the state trooper he allegedly shot and killed.
LORDS VALLEY, Pa. (@AP) — Pennsylvania governor: Survivalist in barracks ambush held in handcuffs of dead trooper.— TheBlazeNOW (@TheBlazeNOW) October 31, 2014
Corbett, speaking to reporters during a press conference, added that Frein was put into the slain trooper's car and said "justice will be served."
Prosecutors said they will charge the alleged cop-killer with first-degree murder, among other crimes, and intend to seek the death penalty.
Frein is charged with opening fire outside the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12, killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and seriously wounding another trooper.
Troopers patrol the woods along Rt. 447 in Monroe Twp, Pa., searching for Eric Frein on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Frein, 31, is accused of killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, and critically wounding Trooper Alex Douglass outside outside the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12. (AP Photo/PennLive.com, Sean Simmers)
Police said they linked him to the ambush after a man walking his dog discovered his partly submerged SUV three days later in a swamp a few miles from the shooting scene. Inside, investigators found shell casings matching those found at barracks as well as Frein’s driver’s license, camouflage face paint, two empty rifle cases and military gear.
Saying Frein was armed and extremely dangerous, officials had closed schools and urged residents to be alert and cautious. Using dogs, thermal imaging technology and other tools, law enforcement officials combed miles of forest as they hunted for Frein, whom they called an experienced survivalist at home in the woods.
Frein was captured late Thursday afternoon in an abandoned airplane hangar by U.S. marshals after a seven-week manhunt.
The Associated Press contributed to this repot.
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