Accused cop killer Eric Frein has reportedly been slapped with new charges of two counts of terrorism — while a charge of attempted homicide has been dropped. The latest first-degree felony charges are based on the 31-year-old allegedly shooting two Pennsylvania troopers on Sept. 12 "with the purpose of influencing the policy of government,” according to PAHomePage reporter, Eric Deabill. A letter, allegedly written by Frein to his and addressed to his parents, also captured some of his claimed hatred for the government.
It was produced in a Pike County Courtroom Thursday afternoon, where Frein appeared via video conference, after it was recovered from his hard drive, according to prosecutors. In it, the so-called survivalist allegedly wrote: "I do not have a death wish but I know the odds. I tried my best to do this thing without getting identified, but if you are reading this then I was not successful." He adds that if he does survive his mission and "circumstances change ... then I may be able to return one day." Frein, who surrendered to police on Oct. 30 — capping a 48-day manhunt through the Pocono Mountains — is charged with first-degree murder and various other offenses, including two counts of possession of weapons of mass destruction.
Source: NY Daily News
He's a survivalist with an extensive shooting background and a grudge against law enforcement, officials say. And now authorities worry the man suspected of gunning down two Pennsylvania State Police Troopers may be on the hunt for more officers.
Eric Mathew Frein "has made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and also to commit mass acts of murder," Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan told reporters Tuesday.
"He has very strong feelings about law enforcement and seems to be very angry with a lot of things that go on in our society."
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