Under siege: People become prisoners in their own homes as authorities search for PA shooter

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Under siege: People become prisoners in their own homes as authorities search for PA shooter
Eric Frein is escorted to a preliminary hearing on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 at the Pike County Courthouse in Milford, Pa. Frein, 31, of Canadensis, is the lone suspect in the Sept. 12, 2014 shooting outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks in Pike County that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson and seriously wounded Trooper Alex Douglass. Police say Frein led law enforcement on a 48-day manhunt through the Pocono woods before U.S. marshals captured him Oct. 30 near an abandoned airplane hangar. (Harry Fisher/Allentown Morning Call/TNS via Getty Images)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
Also found in Frein hangar by PSP: 14 page handwritten note from 1996 (?) in a manila envelope. @WNEP http://t.co/wMHp255wP5
70's era brochure from Birchwood Resort where Eric Frein was found near an abandoned hangar last week. @WNEP #Poconos http://t.co/oQg1zHjj75
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
First look inside abandoned hangar where Eric Frein hid from police: The search for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is over, but there are still questions about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. (WNEP-TV)
Eric Frein is escorted to his arraignment in the Pike County Courthouse on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 in Milord, Pa. (Harry Fisher/Allentown Morning Call/MCT via Getty Images)
Accused cop killer Eric Frein's mug shot taken after his Thursday night arrest. (Pike County Jail)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: A Pocono Police car sits on the route to the hangar where Eric Matthew was captured on Thursday night, on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: Scott Malkowski, Task Force Commander, US Marshals Service, Special Operations Group, gestures as he explain how Eric Matthew reacts when he was captured on Thursday night, while he talks with members of the media on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: Scott Malkowski, Task Force Commander, US Marshals Service, Special Operations Group, talks with members of the media while he explains how Eric Matthew was captured on Thursday night, on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: Scott Malkowski, Task Force Commander, US Marshals Service, Special Operations Group, show the map of the operation in which they captured Eric Matthew Frein on Thursday night while he talks with members of the media on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: A Pennsylvania State Police SWAT officer stands by as Eric Frein arrives at the Pike County Courthouse for his arraignment on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: Scott Malkowski, Task Force Commander, US Marshals Service, Special Operations Group, show the map of the operation in which they captured Eric Matthew Frein on Thursday night while he talks with members of the media on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: Pennsylvania State Police SWAT officers arrive at the Pike County Courthouse for Eric Frein's arraignment on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
CRESCO, PA - OCTOBER 31: A Pocono Police car sits on the route to the hangar where Eric Matthew was captured on Thursday night, on October 31, 2014 in Cresco, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: Lt. Col. George Bivens of the state police attends a press conference in the front of the court house after Eric Frein makes first court appearance on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: Lt. Col. George Bivens of the state police speaks at a press conference in the front of the court house after Eric Frein makes first court appearance on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: Eric Frein arrives for arraignment to court on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
MILFORD, PA - OCTOBER 31: Eric Frein arrives for arraignment to court on October 31, 2014 in Milford, Pennsylvania. Frein, a suspected cop killer, was taken into custody from a Pennsylvania airport hangar after a seven-week manhunt. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW PHOTO of Eric Frein in police custody http://t.co/jtCxORqQ7p http://t.co/oymJu944l0
Breaking: first photo of #EricFrein in trooper car http://t.co/Uhxd1Yy0MG
Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin insisted Thursday evening that he would seek the death penalty against Frein. (CNN)
Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan insisted that Frein was captured not because he was tired, but "because he was caught -- he had no choice." (CNN)
Pocono Mt. SD closed Tuesday after possible sighting of accused cop killer Eric Frein near hs http://t.co/RUVoYnxa6k http://t.co/0EXfyPtulz
K9, FBI, border patrol canvassing hillside near Swiftwater School campus looking for Eric Frein. http://t.co/hGHxARQbcC
#EricFrein manhunt along Lower Swiftwater Road. Upper Swiftwater closing. @wnep http://t.co/3f7dXlvqH7
Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted near Pennsylvania high school http://t.co/xCtf83wxdp http://t.co/WHUOoAu8co
UNSPECIFIED - UNDATED: In this handout provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Eric Matthew Frein, 31, poses on an unspecified date and location. Eric Frein is being sought in the killing of State Trooper Bryon Dickson. (Photo by Federal Bureau of Investigation via Getty Images)
Pennsylvania State Police released images Wednesday of what they believe ambush suspect Eric Frein might look like now.
Pennsylvania State Police released images Wednesday of what they believe ambush suspect Eric Frein might look like now.
Pennsylvania State Police say they remain confident that Eric Frein, the man suspected of killing a trooper in an ambush attack and injuring another, is still in the general search area.
FBI enhanced pictures of what Eric Frein may currently look like with Mohawk and/or facial hair http://t.co/E90ZqN9PTo
The Inn at Buck Hill, an abandoned Pocono Mountains resort that is being scoured by investigators as they hunt for accused cop killer Eric Frein. (Pennsylvania State Police)
One of the many caves search teams are tasked with clearing as they hunt down the wanted man. (Pennsylvania State Police)
Massive manhunt under way in killing of Pennsylvania state trooper. http://t.co/pp5Gypwf5m http://t.co/XXXWZ2Q2cI
One PA State Trooper dead, another injured after being ambushed at their barracks last night. http://t.co/x5xsngN36k http://t.co/kRKAqVssiZ
Police ID Eric Matthew Frein, 31, as suspect in #BloomingGrove trooper shooting. Considered armed, dangerous. http://t.co/oVMerPYPRr
PSP schedules 2 p.m. news conference to discuss trooper shooting -- WATCH LIVE HERE: http://t.co/HrWJkIuV2x http://t.co/ihn2mTSITQ
#BREAKING WPVI reports PSP have a suspect in trooper shooting case; briefing set for 2 p.m. http://t.co/1yBaTVKluu http://t.co/OBXXq0QFFD
Tragedy for Pa. State Police + all society: ambush kills 1 trooper, wounds another; no suspect http://t.co/IJZYeMBmlj http://t.co/Km9RSdTSDk
PHOTO of Pa. State Trooper killed in ambush http://t.co/wFTHl0ln7z http://t.co/lpwI5pETJM
Most Viewed: Pennsylvania state trooper dies in shooting http://t.co/STAscMgIwt http://t.co/YqCZHpsaPm
DEVELOPING NOW: Search for suspect after two Pennsylvania State Troopers shot, one killed http://t.co/5Owg4ifF5G http://t.co/arzq50tBDA
State Trooper killed another wounded in shooting at Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County. We are live at 6-WBRE http://t.co/sd6iFC487G
Eric Frein is escorted to a preliminary hearing on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 at the Pike County Courthouse in Milford, Pa. Frein, 31, of Canadensis, is the lone suspect in the Sept. 12, 2014 shooting outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks in Pike County that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson and seriously wounded Trooper Alex Douglass. Police say Frein led law enforcement on a 48-day manhunt through the Pocono woods before U.S. marshals captured him Oct. 30 near an abandoned airplane hangar. (Harry Fisher/Allentown Morning Call/TNS via Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

Helicopters and drones overhead, random gunshots, commandoes and road blocks - this is no war zone, it's life behind the lines of the frantic search for accused cop killer Eric Frein.

Authorities in Pennsylvania have been combing the dense Pocono Mountains forest for Frein after police said he shot two State Police officers last week. Cops are on edge and residents are under siege.

"The amount of disruption that just one man has caused is unbelievable," a woman who lives within the roughly five-square-mile area of rural Monroe County where authorities have focused the bulk of their search.

Frein put Canadensis, a town about 40 miles southeast of Scranton, on alert after he ambushed and killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson and critically wounded Tpr. Alex Douglass on September 12.

A lack of credible leads to tracking down Frein left authorities no choice but to lockdown residents Friday night as state, local and federal officers - many in full SWAT gear - began combing the forest for signs of the accused killer.

Officials are not saying much to locals, perhaps in order to stem a possible flow of information to Frein, but many are worried.

This has led thousands to start listening to the local police scanner and begin posting what they hear online.

"You'll turn the scanner on and 70 some people are listening and the word gets out the SWAT team is in you'll see 22,000 people, I think the whole town is listening," she added.

"Everybody has scanners and Facebook, everybody's posting all this stuff and I don't know what's true," said the married mother. "Thank God for social media, because otherwise we're really in the dark."

Reports of shots fired have been posted to Pocono Crime and a separate Facebook page dedicated to finding Frein and are shared among concerned residents, but the AOL source claims to have heard only one gun shot since the ordeal began.

Other rumors making the online rounds include reports of a man wearing all-black (as authorities have described Frein) lurking in their yards at night, a report of someone covering themselves with leaves in another yard and many other alleged sightings.

"You're hearing bits and pieces of stuff and trying to figure what's true and isn't true," the woman explained.

Reports of a Monday press conference raised locals' hopes that Frein had been found, but authorities only announced criminal charges pending his arrest.

People are hesitant to leave their homes, schools are closed until further notice and even errands have been put on hold. Many are not even going to work.

"This is the fourth day I've missed work," said the source. "[But] I'm glad they closed the schools."

People have become virtual prisoners in their homes as the search effort has only intensified while police work to tighten the noose around Frein's woods hideout.

"We are not even trying to go out," she said, adding that a trip to the supermarket turned into a gamble when police told her she might not be allowed back home.

Helicopters hover just above the tree line while drones circle the area at a height of about 1,000 feet, according to the source.

Police disclosed earlier this week they found several rounds of ammunition stashed in the woods, they believe it is Frein's.

Neighbors claim Frein was mostly quiet and kept to himself, she said. The source did not personally know the alleged shooter, but a woman who taught Frein in high school told her there was no indication he would ever go rogue like this.

"He was a little strange," she added.

The woman feels she and her family are safe but wants the siege to end because anything can still happen.

"It's the 'what if' that you don't know that is so scary."

Residents Unable to Go Home As Police Search for Eric Frein

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