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Suspect In Minn. Officer's Killing Has Extensive Record

July 31, 2014, 8:44 AM

Suspect In Minn. Officer's Killing Has Extensive Record

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.

Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick, 47, was fatally shot about 12:20 p.m. after pulling over a car just past the city border in West St. Paul in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, police said. He died later at Regions Hospital.

Hundreds Gather To Mourn Slain Officer

Hundreds of people came together at a candlelight vigil to honor a Mendota Heights police officer killed while making a traffic stop in West St. Paul.

Some placed flowers, balloons, small American flags and other mementoes curbside where Officer Scott Patrick was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon.

The crowd at Wednesday night's vigil cheered when someone yelled that there had been an arrest in the officer's death.

Mendota Heights Mayor Sandra Krebsbach says Patrick's death is a devastating loss to the city and the police department. Krebsbach describes Patrick as a dedicated officer, yet jovial with an easygoing disposition.

The 47-year-old officer served the Mendota Heights department for 19 years. He was a husband and father of two teenage daughters.

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