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Cops Keep Mistaking Man for Alleged Ambush Killer Eric Frein

A Pennsylvania man says he has an unfortunate doppelganger: The man being sought for allegedly shooting to death a state trooper some five weeks ago.

A Pennsylvania man says he has an unfortunate doppelganger: Eric Frein, the man accused of gunning down a state trooper five weeks ago and who has eluded a massive manhunt in the woods around Monroe County.

James Tully, who walks to and from work in Monroe County, says police looking for Eric Frein have stopped him once a day, asking him where he is going. It’s happened so frequently — seven times in one day — that it has become a routine, he said.

“Many people think from a distance I look like the one they’re trying this manhunt for. What I don’t understand is how can you confuse someone five-foot-eight-and-a-half for someone six foot one,” he told NBC News. “Once you get closer, you can see there is no resemblance.”

Authorities are seeking Frein, who is accused of killing a trooper and critically wounding another in a Sept. 12 ambush on the Blooming Grove barracks. More than 1,000 officers have been searching for Frein, who is on the FBI's Most Wanted List — where he is described as a weapons enthusiast and a survivalist.

James Tully
James Tully, left, walks five miles each way to his job in Mountainhome, Pa., traversing territory involved in the ongoing manhunt for Eric Frein, right. Tully says he's been stopped dozens of times by police because he has a passing resemblance to Frein.NBC News; Pennsylvania State Police

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