Jury Rules For State Police In Civil Case Involving 2014 Sniper Attack

August 29, 2018

SCRANTON — Jurors ruled in favor of state police in a civil trial stemming from a lawsuit filed by a Clarks Summit man wrongly suspected in a sniper attack that killed a state trooper and wounded another.

This evening, jurors found that Jeffrey Hudak voluntarily went with troopers on Sept. 13, 2014 and was free to leave during subsequent questioning at the Dunmore barracks.

Hudak sued the state police and six state troopers in 2016, seeking damages for unlawful seizure, wrongful arrest and false imprisonment. The suit alleges troopers were so desperate to find who killed Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II and wounded Trooper Alex T. Douglass in an ambush outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks in Pike County, they let emotions cloud their judgment.

Investigators initially suspected Hudak after police learned his estranged wife was dating Douglass at the time of the shooting. The real killer, Eric Matthew Frein, was not identified as a suspect until several days later, after his abandoned vehicle was found with incriminating evidence inside. Frein was convicted in Pike County Court in April 2017 of first-degree murder and other offenses and sentenced to death.

Attorneys for state police declined to comment after leaving the federal courthouse Wednesday.

“The jury has spoken,” one of Hudak’s attorneys said as he left the building.

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