NEW INFORMATION: Suspect charged in killing of Mendota Heights cop

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Prosecutors have charged a man suspected of killing a Mendota Heights police officer with first-degree murder.

The Star Tribune reports 39-year-old Brian George Fitch Sr. also was charged Friday with several counts of attempted murder and assault for firing at police officers during a standoff eight hours after the killing.

Fitch, of Mendota Heights, faces two counts of first-degree murder in Dakota County in the shooting death of Officer Scott Patrick.

Patrick was killed Wednesday during a traffic stop. Authorities arrested Fitch later that day after a manhunt. Fitch remained in serious condition Thursday with injuries he suffered during a shootout with police.

Authorities say they may never know the reason for the traffic stop.

Court records show Fitch was wanted because he left a drug treatment program.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Prosecutors are planning to file charges against the man suspected of killing a Mendota Heights police officer.

Thirty-nine-year-old Brian George Fitch Sr. is expected to be charged Friday in connection with Officer Scott Patrick's death.

Patrick was killed Wednesday during a traffic stop. Authorities arrested Fitch later that day after a manhunt. Fitch remained in serious condition Thursday with injuries he suffered during a shootout with police.

Authorities say they may never know the reason for the traffic stop.

Court records show Fitch was wanted because he left a drug treatment program -- which he had asked to go instead of prison last year after he was convicted of terroristic threats and assault.

He also faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted on a separate drug charge.


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