Prosecutors seek death penalty in case of suspected cop killer

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  • The FBI added Eric Matthew Frein to the organization's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list. Frein is wanted in connection with the homicide and attempted homicide of two Pennsylvania State Police troopers.
  • Eric Matthew Frein is wanted in connection with the shooting of two Pennsylvania State troopers at the Blooming Grove station on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.
  • Two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were shot late Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 outside the police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania. Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass (shown) was in stable but critical condition on Sunday evening.
  • Two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were shot late Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 outside the police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania. Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson (shown) was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass was in stable but critical condition on Sunday evening.
  • Related to the search for Eric Frein police released this photo. This photo shows Frein's 2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport.
  • Police searching Pennsylvania woods for alleged cop killer Eric Frein found two functional pipe bombs. The bombs were believed to be made by Frein, police said.
  • Police in Pennsylvania released these photos of weapons found in the woods.
  • More weapons found in the woods during search for Eric Frein.
  • The Pennsylvania State Police released photographs on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, related to the search for Eric Frein. Frein, 31, is wanted for shooting and killing Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounding another Sept. 12, 2014.
  • Eric Frein booking photo after being captured Thursday night.

PIKE COUNTY, Penn. — Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case of suspected cop killer Eric Frein.

Frein faces a dozen charges, including terrorism and first-degree murder, in connection with a September ambush outside the state police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania.

He is accused of shooting two state troopers, killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and injuring Trooper Alex T. Douglass, and then leading a small army of law enforcement officers on a weeks-long manhunt in eastern Pennsylvania.

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The self-styled survivalist and military buff was captured on October 30 at an abandoned airport.

The manhunt lasted almost seven weeks, and involved as many as 1,000 officers at times. Authorities said the search cost more than $11 million in salaries, travel, equipment, utilities and other expenses.

Prosecutors had previously said they intended to seek the death penalty. They submitted the formal paperwork on Tuesday.

After his arrest, Frein allegedly told investigators that he “wanted to make a change (in government) and that voting was insufficient to do so, because there was no one worth voting for,” according to an affidavit filed in Pike County.

Frein allegedly called the killing of Dickson an “assassination,” the court documents said. The suspect said the shootings were an attempt to bring about a change in government and to “wake up people, because it was all he could do.”

His next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday. Frein is expected to appear by video from jail.

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