Accused cop killer Eric Frein's handwritten notes detail escape from police after Sept 12 assault

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By RYAN GORMAN

Authorities have made public the contents of captured fugitive Eric Frein's handwritten notes detailing his initial escape from police.

Frein faces the death penalty for a September 12 assault that left one Pennsylvania State Trooper dead and another injured. He successfully eluded capture despite thousands of people searching for him until his Thursday night arrest.

The notes, made public in an affidavit announcing the charges against Frein, seem to fully implicate him in the death of Cpl. Bryon Dickson and the attempted murder of Trooper Alex Douglass.

Dated September 12, the scribblings read like the plot of a movie.

They read exactly as follows:

"Fri Sept 12th got a shot around 11pm and took it. He droped [sic]....I was surprised at how quick. I took a follow up shot on his head/kneck neck area.

"He was still and quiet after.....Another cop approached the one I just shot. As he went to kneel I took a shot at him and jumped in the door. His legs were visible and still."


The haunting details of Trooper Dickson's death and Douglass' injuries then bled over into shock at how fast police responded to the shooting, which happened at the Blooming Grove State Police Barracks.

"I ran back to the jeep....I made maybe half a mile from the GL road and hit a road block. I didn't expect one so soon. It was only 15-20 min.

"I did a K turn ¼ a mile from them and pulled into a development I knew had unfinished acess [sic] road....

"Hearing helos I just used my marker lights missed the train around a run off pool and drove straight into it. ! Disaster!

'Made half attempt to stash AK and ran."


Police later found that jeep half-submerged in water and traced the license plates to Frein's parents.

The AK-47 was found a few weeks ago along with two pipe bombs, a pistol, more than a hundred rounds of ammunition, his checkbook, cellphone, food, water and many other supplies at what looked like a makeshift campsite set up by the fugitive, according to the filing.

Frein was arraigned Friday morning on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, criminal homicide of a law enforcement officer, attempted criminal homicide of a law enforcement officer, assault of a law enforcement officer, discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, possessing instruments of crime, reckless endangerment and possession of weapons of mass destruction.

The first three charges are capital crimes. Pike County DA Ray Tonkin announced late Thursday night he will seek the death penalty.

Eric Frein Arraigned on Murder Charges
Eric Frein Arraigned on Murder Charges


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