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State Police Review Uncovers Flaws in Phillips Search

By Associated Press

Albany, NY – A State Police review of the Ralph Phillips manhunt reveals several flaws and weaknesses in how the search was carried out.

The 160-page internal review, which was released today, is based on interviews with nearly 1,400 State Police employees involved in the search from the time Phillips escaped the Erie County Correctional Facility in April 2006 until he was captured in September.

The investigation reveals a number of failures in the way State Police executed the search -- everything from local commanders not being out in the field to oversee operations, to the use of communication technology that allowed Phillips' friends to eavesdrop on State Police.

During the manhunt, Phillips shot three state troopers -- one of them fatally.