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Cop-Killer Suspect Eric Frein Left Behind Diary of Ambush

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Accused cop-killer Eric Frein described the deadly ambush of a Pennsylvania State Police barracks in a chilling journal found at his campsite in the woods, authorities said Wednesday.

"Got a shot around 11 p.m. and took it," he wrote a diary entry dated Sept. 12, the day he is alleged to have gunned down one trooper and wounded another.

"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," the narrative read.

"Another cop approached the one I just shot. As he went to kneel, I took a shot at him and jumped in the door. His legs were visible and still."

Frein, a military-reenactment buff and self-taught survivalist, went on to describe how he fled in his Jeep but only got a half-mile before he encountered a roadblock. He made a turn, turned off his lights when he heard helicopters above, and ended up driving into a pond.

"Disaster," he wrote, adding that he took off and ditched his AK-47, leaving him with a .308 caliber sniper rifle.

After the Jeep was found in the pond, Frein was charged with killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounding a Trooper Alex Douglass at the Blooming Grove barracks. He has been at large for more than three weeks despite a massive manhunt that has cost millions.

"I can only describe Eric Frein’s actions as pure evil," Lt. Col. George Bivens said. "Every so often true evil rears its ugly head and we must deal with it...The Pennsylvania State Police didn't pick this fight, but it is ours to finish."

Bivens said that Frein was being charged with two counts of weapons of mass destruction because two pipe bombs were also found in the woods where he was hiding.

The shrapnel-packed pipe bombs were booby-trapped with trip wires and could have caused serious injury to anyone nearby, officials said.

Bomb-making materials were also found at Frein's parents' home, along with a large cache of weapons that belonged to his father, an Army veteran.

Frein has been spotted four times since Friday, but police were 150 yards away when they glimpsed him — too far to make the positive identification required to shoot at him. The FBI released computer-enhanced pictures of Frein to show what he would look like with facial hair or a partially shaved head.

Search teams combing the woods on the border of Pike and Monroe Counties have found several of Frein's apparent hiding places, including a blanket wedged between two rocks and a 30-foot rock structure where small campfires had been set.

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