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(MILFORD, Pa.) — Accused cop killer Eric Frein made his first court appearance Friday, looking gaunt and his face bruised, as he was arraigned on murder charges in Milford, Pennsylvania.

Frein, who police say shot two state troopers on Sept. 12 before fleeing into the woods, had a gash on his nose and was booed outside the courthouse by locals, including one woman who yelled, “You’re lucky we didn’t get you during hunting season.”

Other angry spectators shouted “coward” and “scumbag” as Frein, 31, remained stone-faced.

He did not enter a plea.

“We have now started to find the answers that the community desires in this case,” District Attorney Raymond Tonkin said outside the courthouse. “The families in this matter…have suffered an unimaginable loss of unspeakable proportions. They will never be the same but today we find some comfort.”

Tonkin has said he will seek the death penalty for Frein.

Frein was captured by U.S. Marshals on Thursday evening outside an abandoned hangar in the Pocono Mountains, in the area where police have been hunting for the suspect for nearly seven weeks.

“A team was sweeping through the area, surprised him as he was outside of the hangar,” Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said Friday.

He said the cut on Frein’s face is not the result of a battle with police.

“That was an injury that occurred to him sometime in his flight,” Bivens said.

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