Helicopters hover above us while the sounds of sirens pierce our ears. Your LA Travel Diva Examine suddenly finds herself en scene reporting from Wayne/Pike County Pennsylvania. I came to write about more peaceful Mount Airy Resort and visit my brother Tony Covello who has a lake house located too close for comfort where the manhunt for alleged cop killer Eric M. Frein is as local and state police plus the FBI hunt for the allege shooter of Cpl. Byron Dickson. The going on. Themood in the streets is somber especially since the downed officer was laid to rest today in a well-attended funeral near Dickson’s home town of Dunsmore, Pa.
The manhunt was also obvious along the Poconos roadways where dozens of police to check on leads. Since my brother Tony is a retired Stroud Area Regional Police officer ,the police we encountered today spoke candidly about the incident, all expressing shock and sorrow. Tony thinks that the shooter, who may have been hiding in the area’s vast forests,, might have taken his own life. As of this writing there is no confirmation of that but there is a $175,000 reward for Eric M. Frein.
There is a palpable fear of Frein, a survivalist who has threatened to kill police, so much so that schools and some parks were closed and my brother, who is licensed to carry a gun, is keeping a SW Detective Special on his person.
According to Philly News,” Frein, 31, was involved with a group of enthusiasts who replicated military units of Eastern European countries such as Serbia, state police said. They released new photos of Frein that he had posted on social media before the killing, showing him dressed in fatigues, a beret, and aviator sunglasses while carrying an AK-47 rifle. And they said he had harbored animosity against police for a decade.”
“If you’re listening to this broadcast on a portable radio while cowering in your cold, damp hiding place, I want you to know one thing: Eric, we are coming for you,” State Police Lt. Col. George Bevins said at a news conference.
As Bevins spoke, thousands of people were lining up at a viewing in Scranton for Cpl. Bryon Dickson, whom Frein allegedly ambushed with a high-powered rifle Friday outside a Pike County state police barracks. Trooper Alex Douglass, who was critically wounded during the attack, faces multiple surgeries, state police.
The Philly News piece also said “State police said they believe Frein, whom they dubbed a survivalist, most likely remains at large in Northeastern Pennsylvania and may try to utilize some “self-taught” survival skills in the heavily wooded region. More than 150 officers – including state and local police, federal agents, and U.S. marshals – have fanned out across the area while fielding hundreds of tips.”
Meanwhile this Examiner and her bother are remaining vigilant even skippin morning hikes in the forests near us that are too close for comfort to where the bloody massacre happened.