CRIME

Troopers reject complaints residents can't access homes during search for ambush suspect

  • A Pennsylvania State Police trooper helps create a perimeter in the search area for accused cop killer Eric Frien near the intersection of Happy Hill Lane and Bear Town Road in Canadensis, Pa., on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/The Times-Tribune, Jake Danna Stevens)

    A Pennsylvania State Police trooper helps create a perimeter in the search area for accused cop killer Eric Frien near the intersection of Happy Hill Lane and Bear Town Road in Canadensis, Pa., on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/The Times-Tribune, Jake Danna Stevens)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Pennsylvania State Police trooper helps create a perimeter in the search area for Eric Frien near the intersection of Happy Hill Lane and Bear Town Road in Canadensis, Pa, on Tuesday, Sept 23, 2014. The manhunt for the survivalist accused of ambushing a state police barracks has narrowed to the rural area where he grew up and his parents still live, but Frein, the suspect, has managed to elude capture despite the efforts of hundreds of law enforcement officials.  (AP Photo/The Times-Tribune, Jake Danna Stevens)WILKES BARRE TIMES-LEADER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    A Pennsylvania State Police trooper helps create a perimeter in the search area for Eric Frien near the intersection of Happy Hill Lane and Bear Town Road in Canadensis, Pa, on Tuesday, Sept 23, 2014. The manhunt for the survivalist accused of ambushing a state police barracks has narrowed to the rural area where he grew up and his parents still live, but Frein, the suspect, has managed to elude capture despite the efforts of hundreds of law enforcement officials. (AP Photo/The Times-Tribune, Jake Danna Stevens)WILKES BARRE TIMES-LEADER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Pennsylvania State Police troopers ride in a tactical vehicle to help create a perimeter in the search area for Eric Frein near Canadensis, Pa., on Tuesday, Sept 23, 2014. The manhunt for the survivalist accused of ambushing a state police barracks has narrowed to the rural area where he grew up and his parents still live, but Frein, the suspect, has managed to elude capture despite the efforts of hundreds of law enforcement officials.  (AP Photo/The Times-Tribune, Jake Danna Stevens)WILKES BARRE TIMES-LEADER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Pennsylvania State Police troopers ride in a tactical vehicle to help create a perimeter in the search area for Eric Frein near Canadensis, Pa., on Tuesday, Sept 23, 2014. The manhunt for the survivalist accused of ambushing a state police barracks has narrowed to the rural area where he grew up and his parents still live, but Frein, the suspect, has managed to elude capture despite the efforts of hundreds of law enforcement officials. (AP Photo/The Times-Tribune, Jake Danna Stevens)WILKES BARRE TIMES-LEADER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

Pennsylvania state troopers are defending themselves against complaints they've unfairly denied residents access to their homes during the manhunt for a suspected killer.

In a statement Tuesday, the police force says it's been "diligent in respecting the rights of the public" while working to keep residents and law enforcement officers safe.

But some people in the village of Canadensis have ended up sleeping in their cars because police cordoned off entire neighborhoods looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein (freen).

Authorities say Frein ambushed the state police barracks in Blooming Grove on Sept 12. He is charged with fatally shooting Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounding another trooper.

While police search, residents say they've been kept away from their homes for more than 24 hours, leaving elderly relatives unattended and pets unfed.