Created: 07/31/2014 3:10 PM KAALtv.com
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- We’re getting a closer look at the Mendota Heights police officer who lost his life Wednesday after he was shot during a traffic stop in West St. Paul.
Scott Patrick was a 19-year veteran of the Mendota Heights police force. He leaves behind a wife and two teenage children.
At a Wednesday afternoon press conference, it was said that Patrick was the most senior officer on the force and was a long-time colleague of the police chief.
“Scott has worked here my entire career, almost exclusively on days,” Police Chief Mike Aschenbrener said. “He was a very dedicated police officer.”
Aschenbrener says the police department is “profoundly saddened” and that this will be a trying time for them as well as for Patrick’s wife and kids.
Hundreds of mourning community members have rallied together to remember Patrick. A memorial has been set up at the intersection of Dodd Road and Smith Avenue in West. St. Paul, which is the scene of the shooting.
The memorial was first set up Wednesday afternoon as people stopped by to place flowers, light candles and gather to remember Patrick. Groups of people have already stopped by Thursday morning to pay their respects.
“He was very gentle; he was funny,” Janet Bolger, who works for the city of Mendota Heights and knew Patrick, said. “He was just a really nice person who was always there.”
Heroes Memorial Foundation has launched a public campaign on Facebook called "Lights on for Officer Scott Patrick" to be held Friday.