Pennsylvania Dept of Transportation(CANADENSIS, Pa.) — Alleged cop shooter Eric Frein was captured alive on Thursday after a manhunt that lasted more than six weeks.
A federal law enforcement source and a Pennsylvania law enforcement source both confirmed to ABC News that Frein was captured alive. The Pennsylvania source said that Thursday was “a very good day,” but would not offer additional details on Frein’s capture.
Frein was captured in an airport hanger at the Pocono Mountain Municipal Airport, the source said, noting that no shots were fired. The airport is two miles northwest of Mount Pocono, in Monroe County, near Tannersville.
On Sept. 12, Frein allegedly killed one Pennsylvania state trooper and injured a second after he opened fire at the Blooming Grove police barracks.
Frein had been added to the FBI’s most wanted fugitives list last month.
Police had conducted a manhunt for weeks in the woods of the Pocono Mountains. Police believed Frein, a self-trained survivalist from nearby Canadensis, escaped to the woods. They found two pipe bombs, an AK-47, ammunition and various food and supplies they believe belonged to the suspect.
On Tuesday, police investigated a possible sighting of Frein made by a resident in Barrett Township, said Trooper Connie Devens, a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania State Police.
Earlier this week, a giant helium balloon sent to Pennsylvania to aid in the manhunt was returned after just one day, police said. The unmanned balloon came from Ohio and was supposed to be quieter than a helicopter and provide similar technology to aviation equipment being used in the search, but at a lower cost, police said. But it was returned just a day later, police said today.
“Due to the tree canopy and rugged terrain of our search area the balloon was not as helpful as everyone hoped it would be,” said Trooper Tom Kelly, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Police.
A Pennsylvania town had banned trick-or-treating this year while hundreds of cops search nearby woods for Frein. Barrett Township said its annual Halloween parade and 5K Scarecrow Race were canceled indefinitely, and trick-or-treating was banned this year.
Notes found in the woods, allegedly penned by Frein, offered a “cold-blooded” and “chilling” account of how he shot and killed the trooper last month before escaping into the forest, authorities said.
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