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Mendota Heights, Minn. cop shot dead at West St. Paul traffic stop, manhunt for suspect

30 Jul

The veteran suburban Twin Cities police Officer Scott Patrick, 47, was shot in the head around 12:20 p.m. Wednesday and taken to a local hospital where he later died. Witnesses heard about three gunshots and saw a Pontiac Grand Am carrying two people flee the scene. Police are looking for Brian Fitch Sr., 39, as the suspected gunman.

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 Brian George Fitch, Sr., 39, is the suspect in the fatal shooting of Officer Scott Patrick, 47.ST. PAUL POLICEBrian George Fitch, Sr., 39, is the suspect in the fatal shooting of Officer Scott Patrick, 47.
A veteran suburban Minneapolis police officer was shot dead in cold blood Wednesday during a routine traffic stop and police have begun a manhunt for the killer, police said.

Officer Scott Patrick, 47, was shot in the head in West St. Paul, Minnesota around 12:20 p.m. and taken to a local hospital where the Mendota Heights officer later died from serious injuries.

A witness told KSTP-TV they heard three gunshots during the stop on Dodd Road near Smith Avenue. Police were looking for a Pontiac Grand Am that fled the scene, reportedly driven by Brian Fitch Sr., 39, police said at a 5 p.m. local time press conference. A second person was in the car as well, witnesses told the news station.

Cops believe Fitch was driving this car when he was pulled over and shot dead Officer Patrick.ST. PAUL POLICECops believe Fitch was driving this car when he was pulled over and shot dead Officer Patrick.

Patrick, who joined in 1995, was the small police department’s most senior officer, Chief Mike Aschenbrener said at an emotional news conference. He was married with two teenaged children.

“He was a dedicated officer who adored his children,” Aschenbrener told reporters.

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIB OUT MPLS OUT. NO SALES.
An officer with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension photographs a vehicle that was driven by Mendota Heights police Officer Scott Patrick, who was shot during a traffic stop in West St. Paul on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

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Police are looking for a green Pontiac Grand Am with Minnesota license plate SED-283. The suspect, Fitch, is known to reside in the South and West St. Paul areas, police said. He has an extensive criminal record and had a warrant out for his arrest as of June 2, online records show. He has past arrests for assault, escape from custody, burglary, theft, assault and terroristic threats and was facing three years in prison for violation his probation on a burglary case

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