NEW INFORMATION: Charges expected Friday in Minnesota cop killing

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Police say they are searching for no other suspects in the fatal shooting of a Minnesota police officer.

Brian George Fitch Sr. was captured Wednesday night after a manhunt. Police say Fitch was shot and seriously wounded during a shootout with authorities. He was wanted following the fatal shooting of Mendota Heights officer Scott Patrick during a traffic stop in West St. Paul.

Police say they expect the Dakota County attorney to charge Fitch Friday in Patrick's death. They also say they still don't know what led to the traffic stop, and say they may never know.

The Associated Press found court records showing Fitch was wanted because he had left a drug treatment program and faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted on a pending drug charge.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The suspect in the killing of a Mendota Heights police officer is in serious condition in a St. Paul hospital following a violent confrontation Wednesday night with police.

Brian Fitch Sr.'s condition was updated Thursday by St. Paul police.

Police also identified the woman who was with Fitch, and also was injured, as Kelly Lee Hardy. Her condition wasn't announced.

Authorities say the 39-year-old Fitch is a career criminal who got out of prison in February on supervised release for a burglary conviction and was already a wanted fugitive again on a Department of Corrections warrant.

His record also includes convictions or arrests for theft, terroristic threats, assault, drug offenses, escaping custody and fleeing police officers.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The suspect in the killing of a Mendota Heights police officer has an extensive criminal record.

Authorities say 39-year-old Brian George Fitch Sr. is a career criminal who got out of prison in February on supervised release for a burglary conviction and was already a wanted fugitive again on a Department of Corrections warrant.

His record also includes convictions or arrests for theft, terroristic threats, assault, drug offenses, escaping custody and fleeing police officers.

Records show he's also been to court several times for failing to pay or provide child support to several different women.

Police say Fitch had been living in the South St. Paul and West St. Paul area.


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