Investigators found two fully functional pipe bombs and believe that a three-week manhunt may be taking a toll on suspected cop killer Eric Matthew Frein, Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said Tuesday.
"Over the last few days we have found several items that undoubtedly confirm Eric Frein is hiding in our search area," Bivens told reporters. "We have found a number of items belonging to Frein, some of which were hastily discarded."
Those items include a pair of pipe bombs found in the last two days that could be detonated via trip wire or fuse -- consistent with what Bivens called "Frein's non-confrontational and gutless efforts to kill or injure law enforcement from a distance." The bombs were capable of causing significant damage, he said.
"I can't get into his head but I'm sure that he is stressed at this point," Bivens said. "It's been a couple of weeks and I am certain that he is not sleeping well at night."
Frein may have been spotted within the past 24 hours in the rugged area where he has been sighted numerous times, Bivens told reporters. The suspect was wearing dark clothing and was seen between 75 and 100 yards away.
"We're confident that he's in the area," Bivens said.
Frein is sought in the death of Cpl. Byron Dickson in a September 12 ambush outside the state police barracks in Blooming Grove. Trooper Alex T. Douglass was wounded in the attack.
Authorities have located several structures where they believe the suspect has stayed. Some items were found in a location that Frein may have used as an "overnight accommodation," Bivens said.
Некий американец Эрик Фрейн, который до этого воевал на стороне сербов в Боснии, начал персональную войну с полицией. На его счету два полицейских: двухсотый и трехсотый. Бывает, что крышу сносит, но таких быстро находят и убивают - Америка все же. Однако в данном случае, чувак уже несколько недель скрывается в горах и его никак не могут поймать. Более того, он тут начал минировать подходы. Полицейские хорохорятся, но в реальности они со всеми своими возможностями, включая поисковых собак, дроны, данные с камер слежения и прочими атрибутами полицейского государства никак не могут поймать одинокого психопата. На что идут деньги налогоплательщиков?