Update 11-3-2014: As of Friday evening, restrictions on hunting and trapping in the areas affected by the search had been lifted.
For more than seven weeks, Eric Frein, 31, has been on the run in northeastern Pennsylvania after he is believed to have shot two State Police officers in September. Inch by inch, law enforcement officials from multiple agencies combed through the forests of Monroe and Pike Counties for Frein, who was described as a dangerous “survivalist” and armed with a rifle. The manhunt grew so intense that it prompted the state’s Game Commission to close down hunting across seven townships where the fugitive was believed to have been hiding. Hunters were advised to be cautious of police activity, and to report anything that seemed strange. All that ended on Friday when police cornered Frein in an abandoned airfield in Tannersville. Authorities had feared that the final confrontation with the suspected murderer would end in a shootout, especially after multiple homemade pipebombs and rifles were found in Frein’s abandoned campsites. However, no firefight occurred and police officials are calling the gunman’s capture a great success.
“He was definitely taken by surprise,” State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan told CNN.
Frein was stopped in an open field just outside of the airfield and surrendered without incident. He was even arrested with handcuffs belonging to State Police Corporal Bryon Dickson, who officials say Frien killed during a deadly shooting on September 12. Noonan said that the handcuffs were only fitting, and Frien was taken to the same State Police barracks in Blooming Grove, where he ambushed Dickson and another trooper, Alex Douglass, for holding until his preliminary arraignment. Douglass is currently still recovering from his wounds.