Eric Matthew Frein was arrested in the region around the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, where he had been hiding since shooting two Pennsylvania State Troopers, killing one of them.
KILLER CONVICTED; SURVIVOR FAMILIES SUE PARENTS OF KILLER FOR KNOWINGLY LETTING NUTCASE SON HAVE ACCESS TO GUNS
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The parents of a gunman who killed a Pennsylvania state trooper and permanently disabled another eight years ago in an ambush of a police barracks have settled a lawsuit that accused them of partial responsibility for the attack.
Tiffany Dickson, widow of Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and Trooper Alex Douglass had alleged in separate lawsuits, later consolidated, that Eugene and Deborah Frein knew their son Eric was mentally unstable and dangerous but allowed him access to weapons and imbued him with a hatred for law enforcement.
The Freins had vehemently rejected the idea that they were responsible. They were never charged, and none of their weapons were used in the September 2014 ambush outside the Blooming Grove barracks. Their attorney recently moved to dismiss the suit, saying there was no evidence they knew their son was a danger.
A Lackawanna County judge was to hear arguments on the motion on Oct. 31 but court documents indicate that he was advised that the case had been settled, the (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens’ Voice reported.
Douglass’s attorney, Vincent Cimini, declined Friday to reveal details of the settlement, which is confidential, but said his client, who he said had endured multiple surgeries, was relieved that it was over, The Citizens’ Voice reported. The paper said the comment was also sought from attorneys representing the Freins and Tiffany Dickson.
“It was a very emotional case,” Cimini said. “This completely turned his life upside down.”
BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — The Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner described the shooting as “unbelievably heartbreaking.”
Cpl. Bryon Dickson, who had been with state police since 2007, was killed in a shooting Friday night at the State Police barracks at Blooming Grove.
Trooper Alex Douglass was injured and is recovering.
“As you can imagine, this is a tragic event for Pennsylvania State Police and all of law enforcement in Pennsylvania,” said State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan.
State police said they do not have anyone in custody for what police are calling an ambush shooting. Officials also said the troopers were not shot at a close range.
“It’s a cowardly attack. It’s attacked upon all of us in society and the people of Pennsylvania,” said Noonan.
State police said more than 100 law enforcement officials from New York, New Jersey and here in Pennsylvania have searched the Blooming Grove area for a suspect or suspects and, so far, nothing.
“We are convinced that this individual is no longer in that immediate area,” said Lt. Colonel George Bivens.
Officials believe this was a targeted attack but urge people in Pike County to be alert.
“I understand that many members of the community are concerned, and I can understand they’re concerned, but we have a very dangerous armed criminal that has already killed one Pennsylvania state trooper and injured another that is not in custody and we do not believe any other person is at risk, this attack was focused specifically at law enforcement,” said Noonan.
State police said they will be conducting hundreds of interviews over the next few days in relation to the shooting. But again, there is no one in custody.
State police are offering a $20,000 reward to anyone who gives information leading to an arrest.
If you have information, you can call 1-866-326-7256.
Corporal Bryon K. Dickson II
Bryon K. Dickson was born on December 24, 1975, in Minot, North Dakota.
From the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association:
He enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police on June 11, 2007. After graduation from the Academy, he was assigned to Troop N, Fern Ridge, on December 21, 2007. On July 20, 2013, he was promoted to Corporal and assigned to Troop K, Philadelphia. On June 21, 2014, he transferred to Troop R, Blooming Grove. He served as a Patrol Unit Supervisor at both Stations after his promotion.
Cpl. Dickson had a passion for DUI enforcement, earning numerous awards from the Department and the Pennsylvania DUI Association. During his career, he became one of only a small number of Troopers certified as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) to further his skills in DUI enforcement.
On September 12, 2014, at approximately 2250 hours, Cpl. Dickson was one of two members shot in an ambush outside of the Blooming Grove Station. He passed away due to the wounds he received. Tpr. Alex T. Douglass, also shot in the attack, was critically wounded.
Mass of Christian Burial was held for Cpl. Dickson on September 18, 2014, at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton, PA. He was buried with full honors at Dunmore Cemetery in Dunmore, PA.
Cpl. Dickson served honorably as both a Pennsylvania State Trooper and a United States Marine. He is survived by his wife, Tiffany, and two sons.