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
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.
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