"I can confirm that we have taken Eric Frein into custody," Devens said in an email Thursday evening. "No further information will be released or confirmed at this time."
The arrest was reportedly made inside an abandoned airport hangar at the Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport. No shots were fired during the arrest, according to FOX News.
An unconfirmed photo that allegedly shows Frein after he was taken into custody:
The first breakthrough in the case came in the hours following the shooting, when Frein's jeep was found partially submerged in a wooded area, not far from the police barracks. Ammunition casings found inside the vehicle matched casings found at the scene of the shooting, police said.
Investigators say they believe Frein fled on foot. During the course of the manhunt there were numerous reported sightings of him in the wooded mountain areas, which are popular with tourists and law enforcement repeatedly claimed they were closing in on the fugitive.
On September 24, Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens announced Frein had left a trail of used diapers and empty cigarette packs in the forests surrounding Canadensis, the village in northeastern Pennsylvania where Frein grew up.
The diapers earned Frein the moniker "Diaper Sniper" and the creation of hashtag #DiaperSniper on Twitter.
Another big development came earlier this month, when police seized a large cache of survival supplies and handwritten notes at a campsite in the area around Canadensis.
According to Bivens, the notes give a detailed first-person account of the deadly ambush.
One of the notes, reads, in part:
"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."
Biven’s called the written account of the shootings "cold blooded and absolutely chilling."
"I can only describe Eric Frein’s actions as pure evil," he said.
None of the notes, Bivens said, suggest Frein knew either of the troopers he is accused of shooting.
The search for Frein heightened on Tuesday, when Frein was reportedly sighted at Buck Hill Falls, a private community in the Pocono Mountains. It remains unclear if that sighting helped lead police to Frein Thursday.
Police have not confirmed a possible motive for the shooting of the troopers, but have said Friend had previously written about his hatred for police and had been planning an attack for several years.
source: huffingtonpost.com By David Lohr