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An officer with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension photographs an SUV that was driven by a Mendota Heights police officer who was shot and killed Wednesday during a traffic stop near Dodd Road and Smith Avenue in West St. Paul. Police apprehended Brian Fitch Sr., 39. He was wanted as a fugitive in another case and has a lengthy criminal history. (Pioneer Press: Ben Garvin)

Suspect in slaying of Mendota Heights officer arrested after shootout with police in St. Paul

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By Mara H. Gottfried, Tad Vezner, Nick Ferraro and Sarah Horner

St. Paul Pioneer Press

ST. PAUL — A routine traffic stop midday Wednesday ended with gunshots that felled Mendota Heights’ most veteran police officer. Eight hours later, during a massive manhunt for officer Scott Patrick’s killer, police said the suspect opened fire on St. Paul  officers, who shot back.

Brian George Fitch Sr. was injured, as was a woman in the car he was driving.

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