Transcript for Alleged Cop Killer Eric Frein Captured
Yeah. Tonight a 48 day manhunt over at laughed. Accused cop killer Eric freed finally taken a life. Joni here in the first photos of him in custody bloody nosed and somehow clean shaven. We've saved them. From her job that we would not rest until his capture was made. So pleased to be able to say that tonight we have made that major step. That has to be taken him past deficits. The desperate search for the fugitive came to win this tonight who when freed was discovered hiding near an airport hangar at birch wood pocono air park cancer. Without a shot fired. When they approached it they saw on individuals. That they thought it was Eric Green. And they ordered him to surrender to get downers nieces and raised his hands. Which is what he did it is a hard won victory for Pennsylvania police. You never know where you're gonna find someone like this or how. Many were thinking they were gonna find in deep in the woods. An area is right near an airport clean shaven maybe that was that the sky. Eric Freeney is a self described survivalist. And a war reenact or. More than a little less than human revolution war of words it's not a place really trying to reenact the battle. He has terrorized northeastern Pennsylvania for over a month. Eluding capture somewhere in these dense woods. Communities across the Poconos have been in locked down schools closed for days. Some towns even canceling Halloween trick or treating. For fear that the fugitive considered armed and dangerous would surface. Not bigger vehicles takeover of state fire digital. It all began September 12 police believed that using a sniper rifle screen shot and killed 38 year old Pennsylvania State trooper Brian Dixon. And critically injured 31 year old Alex Douglas just outside their barracks during his shift change. All from the cover up dense woods this attack was an ambush. Green became one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives with a 175000. Dollar bounty on his head. In the event you're listening to this broadcast on the radio are portable radio while cowering in some cool damp hiding place. I want you to know one thing Eric we're coming for you. It is only a matter of time until we bring you to justice for committing this cowardly act. In the early days authorities were clear they were going to track him down. But finding Eric Green proved extremely difficult asserts full of twists and turns and false leads the first clues. Dreams abandoned Jeep found only two miles from where the shooting occurred. Inside his driver's license shell casings that matched the murder weapon and camouflage face paint. We believe that stream has prepared and planned extensively. Four months or maybe years for this attack and his efforts to avoid apprehension. As heavily armed swat teams swarmed the woods schools were closed across the search area just to give you an idea what these searches are up against that police officer is roughly 75 yards away from me I can hardly see him. And getting to him quickly through these trees would be even harder more and more clues about screens location began to surfaced in the woods. Guns pipe bomb and then most chilling his journal describing in hand written DTL the moment he allegedly fired those shot. Got a shot around 11 PM 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. Thousands of residents like Jane white cell were told to lock windows and doors and keep porch lights out throughout the night. But every day I commend mixture. Was picked. But check this they chased it intelligently hasn't been and. While james' daughter Lana done to listen to police scanners X rays now there's that 900 and fat listeners Imus supply last night there is about. Six ascent listening. Then on October 17 a woman out for a wachs is she came within fifteen feet of the armed man is he emerged from the woods near his old high school. She spoke with our affiliate W any peak but was too afraid to show her face yet he was Kendall lake. Putting the gun down as they say leave it. The individual's description was consistent with freeing and he was observed carrying a rifle. The individual's face was covered with. Mud others thinking of how they would protect themselves. And he thought about what to do if you see him in your backyard. I don't think he stands a chance becomes in my backyard. At last some nights weeks of terror and in a capture pulled off with how to shot fired. Was turned over to the Pennsylvania state police corporal Dickson ten cuts were placed on him and he was put in corporal Dixon's car. An end to the hunt that raises questions what happened in the twenty miles between the scene of the crime and were freed both capture. My guess is he's probably didn't endorse at other locations in the scene they're probably not eat in potentially freeze to death. Or fine indoor shelter desperate does sets in. Even with the most hardened fugitive with the accused cop killer in custody tonight the residents of this area can breathe a sigh of relief. Let me assure you from everybody here. Justice will be served. And perhaps and cruiser for the family of the slain officer. For Nightline I'm Lindsay Janice in New York.
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