In a brief, emailed statement to The Post, Trooper Connie Devens confirmed that police have taken Eric Frein into custody. Police will release further information at “a later time.” Devens declined to confirm other details pertaining to Frein’s capture.
Two law enforcement officials speaking to the Associated Press said that Frein was captured Thursday by U.S. Marshals in an abandoned airplane hangar.
A reporter at WBRE tweeted what is reportedly the first photo of Frein in custody:
Frein photo from State Police source. pic.twitter.com/Usa7DRH2jc
— Andy Mehalshick (@AndyMehalshick) October 30, 2014
The capture ends a 48-day search for the man accused of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper, Bryon Dickson, and wounding another, Alex Douglass, on Sept. 12 in an ambush outside of Blooming Grove state police barracks.
Frein, 31, is a survivalist who eluded capture for weeks, despite several reports of sightings. However, authorities found several items believed to belong to Frein in the mountains, including military-style food packs, pipe bombs, ammunition and clothing.
Police also found a handwritten journal, which included what police described as a “cold-blooded” account of the Sept. 12 ambush.
The lengthy hunt unnerved nearby communities. Several schools closed in northeastern Pennsylvania last week as police investigated a possible sighting of the suspect.
Abby Phillip contributed to this report.
[This post has been updated multiple times]