On September 12, 31-year old marksman Eric Frein shot and killed Corporal Bryon Dickson in a sniper attack. He also injured Trooper Alex Douglass who was just released from the hospital two weeks ago. Frein’s handwritten memoir of the event is chilling:
“Got a shot around 11 p.m. and took it. He dropped. I was surprised at how quick. I took a follow-up shot on his head, neck area. He was still and quiet after that. Another cop approached the one I just shot. As he went to kneel, I took a shot at him and he jumped in the door. His legs were visible and still. I ran back to the jeep. I made it maybe half-a-mile from the GL (game land) road and hit a road block. I didn’t expect one so soon — it was only 15 to 20 minutes. I did a k-turn a quarter mile from them and pulled into a development I knew had unfinished access roads. Hearing helos (helicopters), I just used my marker lights, missed the trail around a run off pool and drove straight into it. Disaster. Made half-attempt to stash AK and ran.”
Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said the details were, “cold blooded and absolutely chilling. I can only describe Eric Frein’s actions as pure evil.” Police do not yet have a motive for the shooting but say that Frein had a hatred toward law enforcement and had been organizing an attack for several years.
Hours after the shooting, police found Frein’s jeep in a wooded area. Evidence of the shooting was found inside the vehicle: ammunition casings that matched those found at the scene of the shooting. Throughout the next several days, and then weeks, tourists claimed to have sighted Frein in various mountain areas.
Police believed they were closing in on Frein after finding trials of empty cigarette packs and soiled diapers near where Frein lived as a child. Frein will forever be known in history as the “Diaper Sniper” due to this, even having his own hashtag on twitter: #DiaperSniper.
Frein has been charged with first-degree murder, homicide of a law enforcement officer, attempted murder, and possession of weapons of mass destruction. Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin said he would be seeking the death penalty for Frein.