-- They earned it.
U.S. Marshals and Pennsylvania State Police celebrated the capture of accused cop killer Eric Frein with drinks at a tavern near the Pocono Mountains, hours after he was finally caught a few miles away, a bar manager told ABC News today.
About 15 to 20 law enforcement officers gathered at Rudy's Tavern in East Stroudsburg on Thursday night after catching Frein, one of FBI's most wanted fugitives, near an abandoned airport hangar about seven miles away, manager Kelly Quaresimo said.
"It gave our community a chance to say thank you and buy them a drink, shake their hands," she said of the celebration, adding that she and other excited patrons chipped in for most of the officers' drinks.
Quaresimo, whose father owns the bar, said some of the officers who were there are regulars. Earlier that night, everyone was thrilled when they heard the news that Frein had been captured and was finally out of their woods, she said.
"Everyone was clapping, it gave me goosebumps," she added. "For this whole community, it's huge."