Canadensis, Pennsylvania (CNN) — Police in Pennsylvania appeared to be closing in Friday night on the suspect in the slaying of a state trooper.
Police have surrounded a home where Eric Matthew Frein is believed to be hiding, a local government official told CNN. The home, which was broken into, is not far from Frein’s family home in Canadensis, in the Poconos Mountains.
Police exchanged gunfire in the area with an individual believed to be Frein, the official said. Video over at CNN
The Pennsylvania State Police are asking all residents of Barrett and Price Townships to shelter in place immediately.
Please do not go outdoors and remain away from windows or openings to the outside.
Police are in the process of searching the area.
Please stay tuned to media outlets for further information.
Monroe County Communications confirmed a report of shots fired 7:15 p.m. Friday night. Officials could not say specifically where the shots were reportedly fired. State Police issued the warning at about 7:30 p.m. Friday night. They said the warning was “due to police activity in the area.” The public is asked not to travel to this area.
In one of the most unreported stories, a potential mass shooter Eric Frein who has threatened to kill more, has been on the loose for a week after shooting two Pennsylvania State police officers, killing one. Thousands of school children are still required to stay home again today, roadblocks have been set up not permitting hundreds of people to go to their homes. What about pets and needed medications? Isn’t this a choice as to risk taking? (Roads have since been reopened). Who ordered the closing of the roads? Under what order? I first reported this story earlier in the week. Check out the link below for the original post.
PA Police shooter portrayed as right-wing nut job, he was anything but. UPDATES
They are spinning the shooting of two State police officers in Northeastern Pennsylvania as perpetrated by a right-wing survivalist. This from a local newspaper which cannot resist bringing up twice in the same story that he was involved in the school’s rifle team. It turns out he was anything but a right-wing nut case. Fox news is still spinning it as a “sharp shooting survivalist”, whatever that intends to mean. Picture just added by the Pocono Record newspaper. Updates as they come available. Why isn’t the media covering this?
PA Trooper Shooter Suspect Has MySpace Reference To Che Guevara, 13th Guards (Soviet Red Army Rifle Division)
Some stories have identified him as a “survivalist”, which some immediately are translating to “right wing nut”.
As with most things, best not to jump to conclusions till all the evidence is in.
In this case, it is clear from Frein’s MySpace account that he was an active participant in an Airsoft group, practicing shooting. There are a lot of connections to other Airsoft players.
There is also a connection to Che Guevara and 13th Guards. 13th Guards was a Soviet Red Army rifle division, also referenced on Call of Duty.
State police are searching for Eric Matthew Frein, who they say is armed with a high-powered rifle, extremely dangerous and the man they suspect in the fatal ambush shooting Friday at a Pike County state police barracks
Some people said they were more anxious about being unable to get home than Frein himself.
Piper said she was hoping to be able to change her clothes before heading to see her boyfriend perform a poetry reading Friday night.
“I’d like to get a little dressed up, not be in a sweatshirt and jeans,” she said.
Update: The search for Eric Frein at 6:40 a.m. today – 9/19/2014
Here is the latest on the search for suspected state police killer Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis.
Lsit of schools closed today All Pocono Mountain School District schools
All East Stroudsburg School District schools
Monsignor McHugh School in Cresco
Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg
Evergreen Community School
UPDATES:Some Barrett residents can’t get to their homes tonight because of search – 9/18/2014
Many residents of Barrett Township were unable to reach their homes Thursday night as the search alleged for Blooming Grove shooter Eric Frein intensified.
“I was just coming from work,” said Gabby Piper, who said she lives near the Frein home. “I was following it on Facebook and I was like ‘well, guess I’m not going home tonight.’”
Barrett township firefighters set up a temporary shelter at their fire house for the displaced residents.
Firefighters whipped up grilled cheese sandwiches and residents donated hoagies and pizza to the shelter.
“This is so nice of them to provide this,” Sue Terry said.
“I’d rather be home, but I am glad this is here,” Gil Barreto said.
Shelter set up for Barrett/Price residents displaced by police activity – 9/18/2014
Barrett Township Fire Department has set up a shelter at the fire house for any Barrett and Price Township residents who have been displaced or cannot get to their homes due to the police activity in the area tonight, the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management says.
The Salvation Army Canteen has also been dispatched to the area of search.
ES North students at after-school activities evacuated to Middle Smithfield Elementary – 9/18/2014
Students who were at the East Stroudsburg North High School this evening for after-school sports practices are being evacuated from the area and…
Roads shut down in Barrett Township near home of Eric Frein’s parents- 9/18/2014 5:30pm
Police have shut down Route 447 from Lower Seese Hill Road to Bear Town Road and where Lower Seese and Bear Town intersect.
The Lower Seese Hill and Bear Town intersection is about 300 yards from the home of Eric Frein’s parents, which is on Seneca Lane, which runs into Mohican Road which leads to Bear Town Road.
Frein is wanted in the ambush at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove on Sept. 12. He is accused of killing state police Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass.
Traffic heading north on Route 447 is being around by police at the entrance to Alpine Mountain.
Eric Matthew Frein has been added to the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list.
He is known to be a heavy smoker, a weapons enthusiast, and a survivalist, and has studied the Russian and Serbian languages.
H/T and video over at :WFMZ
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