Pa. Trooper Wounded in 2014 Ambush Still Suffers Medical Problems
A Pennsylvania state police trooper who was shot in a 2014 ambush at a Pike County police barracks in an incident that resulted in a manhunt that extended into the Southern Tier of New York, has had his right leg amputated below the knee.
Kathy Whyte/WNBF News [file][/caption]The Associated Press reports Trooper Alex Douglass underwent the surgery at a New York City hospital.
The trooper was wounded when Eric Frein opened fire at the Blooming Grove State Police Barracks in September, 2014, killing Corporal Bryon Dickson II and leaving Douglass seriously wounded.
Frein led authorities on a 48 day manhunt through the Pocono Mountains with alerts issued to law enforcement agencies throughout Northeast and Central Pennsylvania and even extending into the Southern Tier of New York.
Frein was finally cornered by U.S. marshals in an abandoned airplane hangar. Frien was convicted in 2017 and is on death row for the slaying of Corporal Dickson.
He's seeking a new trial.
Family friends say Trooper Douglass had been having some medical complications with his leg and decided to have it amputated to improve his quality of life. The Scranton native is said to be in good spirits.