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Suspected Cop Killer Formally Charged

Updated: 08/01/2014 5:51 PM
Created: 07/31/2014 3:15 PM KAALtv.com

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Prosecutors have charged a man suspected of killing a Mendota Heights police officer with first-degree murder.

The Star Tribune reports 39-year-old Brian George Fitch Sr. also was charged Friday with several counts of attempted murder and assault for firing at police officers during a standoff eight hours after the killing.

Fitch, of Mendota Heights, faces two counts of first-degree murder in Dakota County in the shooting death of Officer Scott Patrick.

Patrick was killed Wednesday during a traffic stop. Authorities arrested Fitch later that day after a manhunt. Fitch remained in serious condition Thursday with injuries he suffered during a shootout with police.

Authorities say they may never know the reason for the traffic stop.

Court records show Fitch was wanted because he left a drug treatment program.

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