MILFORD, Pa. (Thursday afternoon, April 13) - Having been shot through both hips outside the state police Blooming Grove barracks, Trooper Alex Douglass was rushed into the Community Medical Center trauma unit in Scranton with bleeding damaging his internal organs and expanding his abdomen, the doctor who led efforts to save Douglass' life testified Thursday afternoon.
MILFORD, Pa. (Thursday afternoon, April 13) - Having been shot through both hips outside the state police Blooming Grove barracks, Trooper Alex Douglass was rushed into the Community Medical Center trauma unit in Scranton with bleeding damaging his internal organs and expanding his abdomen, the doctor who led efforts to save Douglass’ life testified Thursday afternoon.
Dr. Mohammad Siddiqui took the witness stand on the eighth day of the trial of Eric Frein of Canadensis, who’s charged in the sniper ambush that wounded Douglass and killed Cpl. Bryon
Dickson outside the police barracks on Route 402 in September 2014.
Doctors had to cut open Douglass’ abdomen and work to stop the bleeding in order to stabilize his heart rate and blood pressure, Siddiqui said. They also had to remove shattered parts of Douglass’ pelvic bone and rectum and the damaged part of his small intestine, insert a colostomy bag and patch any further blood vessel leakage to prevent infection.
Douglass has since undergone 18 surgeries and likely will undergo more, according to the prosecution.
Other testimony this afternoon has focused on forensic DNA analysis of items believed to have been in Frein’s possession.
Earlier Thursday morning, a state police handwriting expert and U.S. Secret Service document analysis expert testified that Frein did in fact write the notes in part of a journal detailing what he did after allegedly shooting and killing one state trooper and wounding another in Blooming Grove.
Frein survived in the woods, evading capture for 48 days prior to his arrest on charges in the September 2014 sniper rifle ambush that left Cpl. Bryon Dickson dead and Trooper Alex Douglass injured outside the state police Blooming Grove barracks on Route 402.
One of the two experts testifying Thursday morning compared the handwriting in three pages of notes, which were found at a campsite believed to have been set up by Frein in the Price Township woods, to samples of Frein’s known handwriting, concluding all came from the same author. The other expert said the three pages of notes come from the same notebook containing more of what are believed to be Frein’s writings.
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