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Police quote journal of man accused of killing trooper: 'Got a shot . . . took it'

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — The words, police said, reflect the chilling recollections of a cold-blooded murderer.

"Friday September 12, got a shot around 11 p.m. and took it. 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 quote is from a journal that state police said Eric Frein wrote and left behind after ambushing two state troopers, killing one. The journal was recovered last week at a campsite, Lt. Col. George Bivens said, and is a reminder why police need to devote all the resources they can to catching Frein, 31.

"I will tell you after reading this cold-blooded and absolutely chilling account, I can only describe Eric Frein's actions as pure evil," Bivens said at a news conference.

Bivens said Frein wrote that getting his Jeep stuck in mud as he tried to flee the shooting scene was a "disaster." Still, Frein has since eluded more than 1,000 troopers, federal agents and others combing hundreds of acres of Poconos woods. He has been spotted four times since Friday, Bivens said.