Warrant Issued For Arrest Of Eric Matthew Frein, Pennsylvania Man Suspected Of Ambushing 2 State Troopers At Rural Barracks In Cowardly Nighttime Attack

Eric Matthew Frein. Source: Pennsylvania State Police.

Eric Matthew Frein. Source: Pennsylvania State Police.

2nd Update 11:35 p.m. to note that Frein has been added to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitive List.

Normalcy has not returned to Monroe County in the Pocono Mountains region of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Two troopers allegedly were ambushed outside their barracks in a nighttime, shift-change attack at the Blooming Grove station in nearby Pike County on Friday.

Cpl. Bryon T. Dickson, 38, was shot and killed. Tpr. Alex T. Douglass was seriously wounded.

Pennsylvania State Police now say Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Pa., is wanted in connection with the shootings. Canadensis is in Monroe County.

Frein, described in media accounts as having “survivalist” skills, reportedly belongs to a group that reenacts European military campaigns.

Here’s the lede in a Sept. 17 story from the Times Leader (italics added):

Friends described homicide suspect Eric Matthew Frein as intelligent, an Eagle Scout and a military re-enactor, while the state police call him a “coward” who dressed up as a Serbian soldier.

The manhunt for the 31-year-old Canadensis man continued Wednesday throughout the rural and dense areas of the Poconos in Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties, prompting the closure of several schools in the region.

From a Sept 18 story at TheDailyReview.com (italics added):

[State Police] Lt. Col. [George] Bivens declined to say which group Frein belonged to because they are hoping for cooperation from its members. But Frein is pictured repeatedly on the MySpace page of Istocni Vuk, a group that dresses up as Serbian Army soldiers. Roughly translated, the name Istocni Vuk means “Eastern Wolf.” On the page, Frein is referred to in one photo as Vuchko, which was the wolf mascot in the Sarajevo Winter Olympic games in 1984. On some sites online, Vuchko is referred to as “the tough and courageous wolf.”

UPDATE 11:35 P.M. EDT U.S.A. Frein has been added to the FBI 10 Most Wanted Fugitive List.

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