Having been shot through both hips outside the state police Blooming Grove barracks, Trooper Alex Douglass was flown to Community Medical Center in Scranton with bleeding damaging his internal organs and expanding his abdomen, testified the trauma surgeon who led efforts to save Douglass' life.

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.

Expected to testify at some point, Douglass likely will undergo more surgeries in addition to the 18 he's already had, the prosecution told the jury in its opening statement when the trial began.

Frein is believed to have positioned himself in the woods across from the police barracks, fired at Dickson as Dickson exited the building and then fired at Douglass when Douglass came over to help the fallen Dickson.

A total of four shots, two of which hit Dickson with a third hitting Douglass, were fired from a Norinco semiautomatic rifle Frein is believed to have used. That rifle is among evidence taken from the airfield hangar at the abandoned Birchwood Resort property in Pocono Township, where Frein was finally found and captured after a 48-day manhunt following the shootings.

Bullet fragments found at the scene are the type of ammunition designed to be fired from that type of rifle, Cpl. Joseph Gober, who forensically examines guns and ammo for the state police, testified Thursday.

A DNA sample was taken from Frein after his arrest. This sample matches DNA in samples taken from the rifle, a rifle magazine and cartridges, a hooded sweatshirt, a water bottle, cigarette butts and other items believed to have been in Frein's possession, state police forensic scientist Lauren Force testified.
While being hunted, Frein is believed to have set up and then abandoned a campsite in the Price Township woods.

When coming across that campsite, investigators found various items including three sheets of paper torn from a notebook. On the sheets of paper are written what's believed to be part of Frein's journal detailing some of his movements and actions after the shootings.

Cpl. Mark Gardner, who forensically examines handwriting patterns for state police, testified to comparing the handwriting on those three sheets of notebook paper to Frein's known handwriting samples.

"When you write the same word more than once, your handwriting never appears exactly the same each time you write that word," Gardner said.

"However, each writing sample contains similarities and variations in the shapes of the letters," he explained. "I say 'variations' and not 'differences' because variations aren't differences. The shape of a letter can vary from sample to sample, but it's still the same style of the person writing that letter."
Gardner's examination concludes the handwriting style found on the sheets of notebook paper matches the style in Frein's known handwriting samples.

Investigators recovered also a notebook, which contains what's believed to be more notes from Frein's journal, from the hangar outside of which he was captured. The torn-out sheets of paper found at the campsite appear to share the same chemical components as the sheets of paper in the notebook from the hangar, indicating those torn-out sheets came from that notebook, testified U.S. Secret Service document analyst Julia Barker.

As of Friday, the prosecution had called 46 witnesses to testify and presented 503 items of evidence. The trial is expected to last several more weeks.

If Frein is convicted of first-degree murder, the most serious of the charges against him, he will be sentenced to either death or life in prison without parole.

[Court was closed for Good Friday. Testimony was expected to resume Monday.]

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