(CANADENSIS, Pa.) — Pennsylvania State Police are continuing the hunt for a man accused of killing a state trooper and wounding another in an ambush, saying that they believe they are closer to catching the suspected shooter.
Eric Frein is thought to be armed and hiding in the woods, according to State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens.
“Up until now his advantage has been that this is his backyard,” Bivens said. “He knows this rugged terrain. Out tactical operations people now also know his backyard.”
While a shelter in place order has been lifted for two area townships near eastern Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, residents are still being told to stay alert and avoid wooded areas. Officials also ask hunters preparing for archery season to refrain from frequenting the locations.
“The suspect is still considered armed and dangerous. We ask and remind residents to lock all doors as well as their vehicles. At night, keep the exterior of their homes well lit,” Bivens said.
Police are looking into several possible sightings, along with a number of items believed to have been left behind by Frein after the shooting.
Though he is said to be armed, officials have no reason to believe Frein wishes to harm the public, since “he’s had lots of opportunity” to do so.
The suspect made “extensive preparations” for the Sept. 12 attack, according to police, spanning months, if not years in his planning.
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