Ambush suspect a 'terrorist' who targeted police

  • Ambush suspect a 'terrorist' who targeted police

Ambush suspect a 'terrorist' who targeted police

Frein eluded capture for almost seven weeks before USA marshals found him outside an abandoned airplane hangar more than 20 miles from the shooting scene.

All of the evidence presented at trial will be presented through the sentencing phase.

Frein shot Dickson in the chest and through the shoulders and spine from a distance of 87 yards, waited almost 90 seconds until Trooper Alex Douglass came to Dickson's aid and then shot him, too, Tonkin said. "The way they villainized him, we can't make him a holy man, but we're trying to make him a man".

A Pennsylvania survivalist who hid in the forest under cover of night and opened fire with a sniper's rifle has been convicted of capital murder in the ambush slaying of a state police trooper he targeted at random.

The jury of eight women and four men from Chester County will now consider whether Frein should get the death penalty or spend the rest of his life in prison.

A jury convicted 33-year-old Eric Frein on all 12 charges including killing an officer and terrorism.

The state has placed a moratorium on executions under Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

"Despite some dastardly acts that he may have committed, and he did commit according to the jury, beyond a reasonable doubt, Eric deserves to live", Ruzzo said amid a heavy rain outside the Pike County Courthouse after the jury had reached their verdict. His lawyers offered no evidence or testimony and chose to focus on whether or not Frein will receive the death penalty.

The defense, which called no witnesses and presented no evidence during the trial, is expected to call several witnesses, including Frein family members and experts, during the penalty deliberations.

"A terrorist with murder in his heart, a plan in his mind and a rifle in his hand, who slithered through the woods", was how Frein was described by Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin in his closing argument.

Jurors have heard closing arguments in the trial of a survivalist charged with ambushing two troopers at a Pennsylvania State Police barracks.

"The jury took this case seriously", Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin responded. Bryon Dickson and shot and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass more than two years ago.

The $11 million manhunt, which landed him on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's most wanted list and put the community on edge for weeks, ended when he was captured by US marshals outside an abandoned airplane hangar near Tannersville, Pennsylvania.