Police quote journal of man accused of killing trooper: ‘Got a shot . . . took it'
By Laura McCrystal
The Philadelphia Inquirer
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. – The words, police said, reflect the chilling recollections of a cold-blooded murderer.
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“Friday September 12, got a shot around 11 p.m. and took it. He dropped. I was surprised at how quick. I took a follow-up shot on his head, neck area. He was still and quiet after that.”
The quote came from a journal that state police said accused killer Eric Frein wrote and left behind after ambushing two state troopers. The writings were recovered last week at a campsite, Lt. Col. George Bivens said.
He said the journal was a reminder of why police need to devote all the resources they can to catching Frein.
“I will tell you after reading this coldblooded and absolutely chilling account, I can only describe Eric Frein’s actions as pure evil,” Bivens said at an afternoon news conference.
Frein, 31, is charged in the shooting death of State Police Cpl. Byron Dickson and the attempted murder of Trooper Alex Douglass. Both were ambushed outside the Blooming Grove barracks.
According to Bivens, Frein wrote that getting his Jeep stuck in the mud as he tried to flee the shooting scene was a “disaster.”
Still, Frein has since eluded more than 1,000 troopers, federal agents and others combing hundreds of acres of dense Poconos woods. He has been spotted four times since Friday, Bivens said.
Authorities also added new charges against Frein, for possession of weapons of mass destruction. Investigators have discovered two homemade pipe bombs, plus other bomb-making materials.
Sam Rabadi, the head of the Philadelphia division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives, said they were fully functional, included a booby trap and shrapnel.
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