Mendota Heights' Scott Patrick first Minnesota cop killed in line of duty since 2012

Categories: Police, Tragedy
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Though he hasn't yet been charged, authorities have linked Fitch (left) with the murder of Officer Patrick (right).
Yesterday, tragically, Mendota Heights' most veteran police officer, 47-year-old Scott Patrick, became the first Minnesota officer killed in the line of duty since Cold Spring Officer Tom Decker was gunned down under mysterious circumstances in November 2012.

Patrick was shot in the head during a routine traffic stop on Dodd Road near Smith Avenue South just across Mendota Heights' border in West St. Paul around 12:20 p.m. Authorities believe 39-year-old Brian Fitch was the gunman. At this point there's no indication the two ever interacted with each other previously, but Fitch may have had a motive to open fire -- a warrant has been out for his arrest since last month, the Pioneer Press reports.

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Ryan Larson, Cold Spring officer shooting suspect, released: "They have no evidence"

Patrick was a married father of two teenage daughters. A biker who witnessed the shooting from a nearby gas station and knew Patrick told the PiPress, "He was a damn good cop, by all means, and I don't even like cops... You know when you're in school and you have one of those teachers that always seems to sincerely care? He was that guy."

Fitch sped away from the scene in a green Pontiac Grand Am. Hours later, a vehicle believed to be Fitch's was spotted in a back yard near Sycamore and Rice streets in St. Paul. Following a chase that ended in that same area about 8 p.m., at least one injured person was removed by authorities from a silver van riddled with bullet holes, Fox 9 reports.

During a subsequent news conference, St. Paul police spokesperson Sgt. Paul Paulos said Fitch was driving with his girlfriend when he noticed officers and tried to evade them by doing a U-turn in a parking lot, but he was soon blocked off and opened fire. Officers returned fire, injuring Fitch and his girlfriend. They were both transported to Regions Hospital, where they're being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to Fox.

KSTP reports that a third person is in custody in connection to Patrick's shooting, but the circumstances of that arrest aren't immediately clear.

The Star Tribune reports that Fitch has previously been arrested for felony theft, prescription fraud, a felony drug offense, felony assault, and terroristic threats (among other arrests), and has convictions for burglary, terroristic threats, and marijuana possession. He's also "been to court several times for failing to pay or provide child support to several different women," the Strib writes.

After Patrick's death, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges released a statement saying, "This tragedy is a reminder that our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for us each day."

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Kathy Krekelberg
Kathy Krekelberg

The guy said right out that he hated cops and was guilty. He said it!!! He needs to rot in hell the SOB he split a family, and took those kid's dad so why defend him he ain't worth the energy.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

Simple fact; the title of "Hero" means that your job places you in deadly situations.

If you don't like being called a hero and "risking your life everyday", don't do the job.  This way we wont need to reward you with great pay, an awesome pension, and a bronze monument in your honor.    I'm surprised that people are surprised this can happen.

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

It is the job of City Pages to determine guilt? Nice.

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

Following that logic, can we simply hang anyone we want without a trial? If so, I have a whole list I would like to get started on!

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

You are a really high quality person Kathie. Your attitude is why this is turning into a police state. But go forth and wish death on someone before they stand trial...

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

I agree because it would in one glance show you the people involved in the story.

Jacob Nelson
Jacob Nelson

When you open fire on cops when they close in on you as a suspect you kinda ruin your own chances at a fair trial... Accountability for your own actions.. Now how about this family That never gets to see their husband/brother/dad again?? That's the real travesty.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

Robert Eveland. You're defending a guy with a warrant for his arrest since June 6th and is a "career criminal". Don't blame City Pages for doing their job.

Robert Eveland
Robert Eveland

"Though he hasn't yet been charged, authorities have linked Brian Fitch with the murder of Officer Scott Patrick." I really like how City Pages has already got this guy tried, convicted, and ready to be sentenced as a cop killer. He hasn't even been charged with a crime yet. This is how the jury pool gets poisoned. Brian Fitch cannot get a fair trial in the state of Minnesota for this charge. But they'll put him on trial right here,and his attorney's motion for a change of venue will be denied, and he'll be convicted and everyone will say that he got a fair trial. What a mockery of justice. And City Pages is a willing and eager pawn in the hands of the police.

Steve Anderson
Steve Anderson

My condolences to his family. Such a tragic and senseless loss.

lenny
lenny

Pot meet kettle....

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Actually, the trial will just be a formality. There will be plenty of evidence to show this guy pulled the trigger. The only bad thing is that there has to be a trial - cops should have aimed better when they had him cornered last night. Stupid fuck kills a cop to avoid going back to prison for 3 years? Now he'll be in Oak Park Heights for the rest of his miserable life. 

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