Survivalist who killed state trooper to spark 'revolution' is guilty of murder
Source: Associated Press
A man who hid in the forest under cover of night and opened fire with a sniper’s rifle has been convicted of murdering a state police trooper he targeted at random in hopes of sparking a revolution.
A jury convicted Eric Frein for the attack at Blooming Grove state police barracks in north-eastern Pennsylvania in September 2014. Corporal Bryon Dickson, a married father of two, was killed, and a second trooper was shot through the hips and was left debilitated.
Frein was “literally hunting humans” when he peered at his targets through a scope during a late-night shift change and shot four times, Pike county district attorney Ray Tonkin told jurors in his closing argument. He called Frein a terrorist who sought to change the government through bullets and bombs.
The gunman led authorities on a 48-day manhunt through the rugged Pocono mountains before US marshals caught him at an abandoned airplane hangar more than 20 miles from the barracks.