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.
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.
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