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Survivalist Sniper Still at Large in Pennsylvania


Pennsylvania Department of Transport handout/Reuters

A reportedly skilled marksman and survivalist has not yet been apprehended after allegedly shooting one state trooper and wounding another last Friday night in northeastern Pennsylvania. From the Associated Press:

Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, is “extremely dangerous” and residents in the area should be alert and cautious, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said at a news conference in which he revealed the suspect’s name.

“He has made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and also to commit mass acts of murder,” Noonan said. “What his reasons are, we don’t know. But he has very strong feelings about law enforcement and seems to be very angry with a lot of things that go on in our society.”

An Army manual called “Sniper Training and Employment” was found in Frein’s bedroom. His father, Michael Frein, is a retired Army major who told authorities that an AK-47 and a .308 rifle with a scope were missing from the family’s home. Police “zeroed in” on Frein as a suspect in the shooting, the AP writes, after an area resident found a Jeep containing Frein’s driver’s license and other effects partly submerged in a pond on Monday.