A self-trained survivalist awaits his arraignment inside the same barracks he's accused of ambushing two Pennsylvania state troopers last month, killing one and seriously wounding another.
U.S. Marshals captured Eric Frein outside an abandoned hanger at Birchwood-Pocono Airport near Tannersville, Pa., about 6 p.m. Thursday, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said during a news conference. He wasn't armed when he was caught and knelt when the marshals approached.
"He was definitely taken by surprise," Noonan said.
Frein, 31, was then shackled in the handcuffs of Cpl. Bryon Dickson, who was killed in the September 12th shooting at the barracks in Blooming Grove, and driven there in the late officer's police vehicle, said Noonan.
A woman told the Scranton Times Tribune that Frein looked exhausted as he was led out of the woods by marshals. Outside of a cut he had suffered before he was taken into custody, Frein appeared to be in good health, said Noonan.
For weeks, several thousand members of various departments in at least five states spent countless hours looking for Frein, who had been on the run since the shooting.
"Eric Frein was dedicated to killing law enforcement members," said Noonan. "I can't think of a more dangerous occupation than going out into those woods and looking for him."
Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin said he plans to seek the death penalty against Frein, who is charged with first-degree murder, homicide of a law enforcement officer, attempted murder and possession of weapons of mass destruction.
First-degree murder and homicide of a law enforcement officer are both capital offenses. He was expected to be arraigned on Friday and may face more charges.
Frein had eluded authorities since he allegedly killed Dickson, 38, and injured Trooper Alex Douglass, 31, during a late-night shift change at the barracks.
At times, 1,000 officers searched the rugged mountains for Frein, who police said had planned his attack and hiding for years. The lives of residents in the area were disrupted by the manhunt, including school closings and event cancellations.
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PHOTO: Pennsylvania cop shooting suspect Eric Frein in 2009.
Frein, from nearby Canadensis, was seen several times during the search.
“The reason this took so long is it’s such a big wooded area that he is thoroughly familiar with," said Noonan.
Police previously found two pipe bombs, an AK-47, ammunition and various food and supplies hidden in the woods while searching for Frein. Police haven't said whether they found the sniper rifle they believe he used in the ambush.
Frein was linked to the shooting after a man discovered his partly submerged SUV in a swamp a few miles from the barracks. Inside, investigators found shell casings matching those found at the barracks as well as his driver's license, camouflage face paint, two empty rifle cases and military gear.
Authorities later found notes in the woods, allegedly penned by Frein, which offered a "cold-blooded" and "chilling" account of the ambush and his escape into the woods.
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PHOTO: Eric Frein is shown in this undated file photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police.
"Got a shot around 11 p.m. and took it. He dropped. I was surprised at how quick," State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said at a news conference on Oct. 8, reading from the note police believe Frein wrote. "I took a follow-up shot on his head-neck area. He was still and quiet after that."
Frein's criminal record appeared limited to a decade-old misdemeanor case involving items stolen from a World War II re-enactors event in upstate New York, for which he spent 109 days in jail.
A man and a woman believed to be Frein's parents, reached separately by telephone on Thursday, declined to comment to the Associated Press.
ABC News' Aaron Katersky, Jack Date, Pierre Thomas and the Associated Press contributed to this story.
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