Police Officer Shot and Killed Identified

Updated: 07/30/2014 11:29 PM
Created: 07/30/2014 1:46 PM

(KSTP) - A Mendota Heights police officer was shot and killed on Dodd Road near Smith Avenue in West. St. Paul around noon Wednesday. He's been identified as officer Scott Patrick.

Officer Patrick was 47 years old and leaves behind a wife and two teenage children. He had been a police officer with Mendota Heights since 1995.

Authorities are looking for Brian Fitch Senior, 39. Anyone with information on his location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. A reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest.

Minnesota State Patrol says a car chase and arrest on Interstate 494 and Lake Road in Woodbury was not related to the shooting of the officer.

Police confirm the Mendota Heights officer was shot in the head and died instantly during a routine traffic stop. Witnesses said they heard three gunshots in the quiet neighborhood.

Sources say authorities had been looking for a suspect who fled the scene in a green four-door car; it has turned into an all-out manhunt, with multiple agencies involved in the investigation and search. John Gouette, owner of Cherokee Service, told the Associated Press that he saw a dark green Pontiac Grand Am race past shortly after the shooting going more than 100 mph, with police in pursuit.

There's a chance there could be more than one person involved as well.

Following the shooting, officers originally set up a perimeter in a residential area on the 1900 block of Walsh Lane, but the main scene is now on Pond Circle East, which is near Delaware Avenue and Interstate 494. When Chopper 5 was last on the scene, crime tape was set up in the area, the road was blocked off, and SWAT officers were geared up. They have been focusing on a specific house.


Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick
Brian Fitch