Commonwealth vs. Frein: Trooper Alex Douglass Details the Moment he was Shot


MILFORD, PIKE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- Eric Frein is accused of shooting and killing a state trooper and injuring another during that attack in 2014.

And as their last witness today, prosecutors called that injured trooper to the stand. Trooper Alex Douglass told the court what played out in his eyes that day.

Trooper Douglass choked up at the end of his testimony as he described his injuries and the pain he’s endured. Once an avid runner, Douglass told jurors about the 18 major surgeries he’s had.

Jurors paid close attention to him, specifically watching his limp as he took to the witness stand.

It has been two and a half years since Douglass was shot outside the State Police Barracks in Blooming Grove.

When he took the stand Monday, he detailed moment by moment what happened. When he heard the first shot, Douglass says it sounded like a firework exploding. When he got shot, he said it felt like he was hit with a baseball bat.

Douglass told jurors, “I knew some coward or cowards were shooting at us from across the street.”

He described crawling into the lobby. He said it felt like he was going into shock and he couldn’t feel his legs. He said he thought he was going to be paralyzed.

Douglass said to jurors, “It was probably the worst pain you can imagine. It felt like your whole body was on fire.”

Once he arrived at a hospital in Scranton, Douglass told jurors he was in a medically induced coma for a week and has been recovering ever since.

As he left court today, District Attorney Ray Tonkin says he expects to wrap up his case tomorrow. It’s at that point we will find out if Frein’s attorney will call any witnesses.

If they don’t, closing arguments could be heard as soon as Wednesday.

Court is expected to be back in session tomorrow morning. And don’t forget, as the trial continues you can count on Eyewitness News to bring you the latest details.

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