October 30th, 2014
09:52 PM ET

Guests question actual survival skills of Eric Frein

Following the apprehension of Eric Matthew Frein, on Thursday evening Anderson Cooper asked guests Shane Hobel and Cade Courtley to offer their insights into how police were able to capture the man accused of killing one cop and injuring another.

As the conditions in Pennsylvania have become more challenging over recent weeks, both men suggested that Frein's abilities to successfully battle the elements were entirely overstated, a fact each felt contributed to his demise.

"It's a proof positive that his...survival skills are not up to par where it's absolutely necessary for him to be coming in and out of these areas," said Hobel, himself an expert survivalist and founder of the Mountain Scout Survival School.

Courtley, meanwhile, a former Navy SEAL, suggested Frein was not nearly the outdoorsman he fancied himself:

"The fantasy ends when you start dealing with hypothermia, exhaustion, dehydration, starvation, and sleep deprivation," he told Cooper. "I think we'll find out he's not nearly as good as he thinks maybe he is ... he fights with air rifles. If he was really that good, he would have joined up."

Watch the above video for more of Hobel and Courtley's analysis of Erin Fein.

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