Authorities will seek the death penalty for accused cop killer Eric Frein, captured after 48-day manhunt

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Authorities will seek the death penalty for accused cop killer Eric Frein, captured after 48-day manhunt
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

Accused Pennsylvania State Trooper (PSP) killer Eric Frein has been captured -- and authorities intend to seek the death penalty.

The 31-year-old survivalist led cops on a nearly two-month manhunt in the dense Pocono Mountains wilderness before surrendering Thursday evening. Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin announced the accused killer faces death if convicted of his crimes.

He faces a number of charges including first-degree murder, murder of a law enforcement officer and first-degree attempted murder. Those charges are capital offenses in Pennsylvania.

"I intend to seek the death penalty," Tonkin said at a late Wednesday evening press conference.

Frein was somehow able to elude police capture for 48 days until he was captured in an abandoned hangar at Pocono Mountain Municipal Airport, officials said.

"The reason this took so long, its such a wooded area that he was totally familiar with that he had plenty of places to hide in," said Noonan.

He was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals who confronted him walking out in the open. There is intense speculation he was forced to the hangar as temperatures in the area began to approach freezing during the overnights.

"They saw an individual they though was Eric Frein, ordered him to surrender and get down on his knees," Noonan said. "He did not give up because he was tired, he gave up because he was caught and had no choice." Frein admitted his identity and was immediately arrested and restrained using Cpl. Bryon Dickson's handcuffs, PSP Commissioner Frank Noonan said. He allegedly killed Dickson during the September 12 ambush that sparked the 48 day manhunt.

An early image of him showed an abrasion and blood across the bridge of his nose but police said he was taken into custody without incident despite having at least two firearms and multiple knives, according to media reports.

"Eric Frein had a mission, and that was to attack law enforcement," Noonan insisted. "If he got out of those woods, we were very concerned that he would then kill other law enforcement -- and then civilians."

"We weren't going to stop until this fugitive was going to be arrested, and I'm glad it ended without any other loss of life –- including his," Noonan continued.

Frein is accused of also injuring Trooper Alex Douglass in the assault, which occurred at the BloomingGrove State Police barracks.

Officers recovered a high-powered sniper rifle and a pistol, according to Noonan, but neither weapon was on his person when authorities confronted him.

The airport where Frein was taken into custody is about 20 miles from the Blooming Grove state trooper's barracks where he allegedly shot Dickson and Douglass.

Noonan immediately shot down rumors Frein was being helped by people to evade police searching for him, despite the accused killer's clean-shaven appearance when arrested.

"He was in good physical condition, not damaged at all," said Noonan. "He did not require any medical condition ... he was healthier than I would have expected."

More than 1,000 officers from as far away as Virginia took part in the search at times, according to Noonan. They all can rest easy knowing he in finally in custody.

"I can't think of a more dangerous occupation than going into the woods after this individual," said Noonan, adding that he was surprised no other officers were killed because they were "out in the open" while Frein was in hiding.

Investigators are not sure how long Frein was at the airport, but do not believe had been there for an extended period of time.