Ralph "Bucky" Phillips Manhunt

Bucky Phillips Manhunt

2006: On April 2nd, 2006, Ralph Phillips, who spent 20 out of the prior 23 years incarcerated, escaped from Alden Correctional Facility in Erie County. Phillips escaped by cutting through the kitchen ceiling with a can opener.  Phillips stole numerous vehicles and broke into several cabins across Western New York and Warren and McKean County, Pennsylvania. With the help of family and friends, Phillips remained at large until authorities located him just south of the New York border in Pennsylvania, and he surrendered on September 8, 2006.

The Phillips Manhunt was one of the largest in the nation. Phillips was placed on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, along with the U.S. Marshal Service’s Top 15 list. The manhunt proved to be deadly for the State Police, as Phillips shot three Troopers on two separate dates, causing the death of Trooper Joseph Longobardo in a sniper style ambush.