Man wrongly held in ambush sues Pennsylvania State Police

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – A man who was wrongly suspected in a deadly ambush outside a Pennsylvania State Police barracks has sued claiming he was traumatized by overzealous troopers who took him into custody based on mere speculation.

Jeffrey Hudak says in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that he was taken into custody about 12 hours after Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded outside the Blooming Grove barracks in September 2014.

Hudak claims he was suspected because his estranged wife reportedly had a relationship with Douglass.

Eric Freen was captured after a 48-day manhunt and is jailed awaiting trial in the shootings.

State police spokesman Trooper Adam Reed says the agency doesn’t comment on litigation.

Hudak claims he was questioned for hours, denied an attorney and even from using the restroom.

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