A man described as a “survivalist,” a trained marksman with antigovernment leanings, was the gunman who killed one state police officer and injured a second in an ambush outside the barracks here last week, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Police said they identified Eric Matthew Frein, 31, from documents he left in a Jeep he abandoned about two miles from the barracks, where he ambushed Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson and Trooper Alex Douglass on Friday. Dickson was killed and Douglass critically injured.
Frein, who lived with his parents, was at large and considered extremely dangerous, possibly armed with a high-powered rifle that looks like an AK-47, police said. Scores of officers fanned out across the region, and police scrambled to respond repeatedly to reports of shots being fired, but nothing led to Frein. State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said investigators believe Frein did not target Dickson and Douglass specifically, but law enforcement officers in general. “He made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and to commit mass acts of murder,” Noonan said. Frein’s father, E. Michael Frein, is a retired Army major who served for 28 years.