Minnesota police arrest suspect in traffic stop shooting

By: Andrew Fefer and AP Email
By: Andrew Fefer and AP Email

WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota law enforcement agencies say they have apprehended and arrested the man they suspect shot and killed a Mendota Heights Police officer during a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon.

The Mendota Heights officer has been identified as 47-year-old Scott Patrick.

Patrick was shot around 12:20 P.M. Wednesday after pulling over a car in west St. Paul.

A massive manhunt for the man identified as 39-year old Brian Fitch Sr. of St. Paul followed the shooting.

In a news conference this evening, officers say, when they tried to pull Fitch's vehicle over, Fitch got out of his car and opened fire on them.

Officers then shot Fitch several times. There is no word on his condition.

Fitch, and a woman who was with him, are both in custody and are being treated at a nearby hospital.

The woman has not been identified.
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Police say an officer from Minnesota who was shot after making a traffic stop died of his wounds.

The slain Mendota Heights officer was identified as 47-year-old Scott Patrick.

Patrick was shot about 12:20 p.m. Wednesday after pulling over a car in West St. Paul. Witnesses reported hearing three gunshots.

A massive manhunt followed the shooting. Police said they are still seeking a suspect, whom they identified as 39-year-old Brian Fitch Sr., of South St. Paul or West St. Paul.

Patrick leaves behind a wife and two teenage children. Chief Michael Aschenbrener says he had been on the force since 1995.
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WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. (WEAU) - Investigators are involved in a manhunt in a Twin Cities suburb after the reported shooting death of a police officer.

A police source tells KARE-TV in Minneapolis that the Mendota Heights officer, who was reportedly shot in the head in West St. Paul, died from his injuries. Mendota Heights borders West St. Paul. Multiple departments were involved in the manhunt in several residential neighborhoods in Mendota Heights at last report.

The shooting happened on Dodd Road near Smith Avenue South around 12:30 p.m. Witnesses say there were two people inside the suspect vehicle at the time.


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