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  • Mendota Heights Police Officer Shot, Killed During Traffic Stop

    http://kstp.com/news/stories/S3519104.shtml?cat=1

    A Mendota Heights police officer was shot and killed near Dodd Road and Smith Avenue in West St. Paul around noon Wednesday.

    Minnesota State Patrol says a car chase and arrest on Interstate 494 at Lake Road in Woodbury was not related to the shooting of the officer.

    Police confirm the Mendota Heights officer was shot in the head and died instantly during a traffic stop. Witnesses said they heard three gunshots in the quiet neighborhood.

    Sources say authorities had been looking for a suspect who fled the scene in a green four-door car; it has turned into an all-out manhunt, with multiple agencies involved in the investigation and search. John Gouette, owner of Cherokee Service, told the Associated Press that he saw a dark green Pontiac Grand Am race past shortly after the shooting going more than 100 mph, with police in pursuit.

    There's a chance there could be more than one person involved as well.

    Following the shooting, officers originally set up a perimeter in a residential area on the 1900 block of Walsh Lane, but the main scene moved to Pond Circle East, which is near Delaware Avenue and Interstate 494. When Chopper 5 was last on the scene, crime tape was set up in the area, the road was blocked off, and SWAT officers were geared up. They have been focusing on a specific house.

    No further details were immediately available, but a press conference is planned for 5 p.m.

    RIP sir.
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  • #2
    http://www.startribune.com/local/south/269248771.html



    Suspect wounded, arrested after Mendota Heights cop killed


    Brian G. Fitch Sr. was shot, ending 8-hour manhunt after Mendota Heights officer was killed.

    A 39-year-old career criminal suspected of killing a Mendota Heights police officer was shot and wounded by police late Wednesday after an intense manhunt in St. Paul that culminated in the suspect opening fire on officers.

    An unidentified woman with the suspect also was shot and wounded by police.

    The nine-hour drama began when Officer Scott Thomas Patrick, 47, of Mendota Heights, was shot to death about 12:20 p.m. during what began as a routine traffic stop on Dodd Road near Smith Avenue in West St. Paul.

    An intensive search immediately began for Brian G. Fitch Sr., whose green Pontiac Grand Am was seen speeding away from the fallen officer.

    He was arrested just after 8:30 p.m. Wednesday when police got tip that Fitch was in a house in the 30 block of E. Sycamore Street in St. Paul’s North End, according to St. Paul police spokesman Sgt. Paul Paulos.

    As officers approached the house in the 30 block of E. Sycamore Street, one saw Fitch driving down the street, Paulos said. Fitch recognized the unmarked car as a police vehicle and tried to evade it, doing a U-turn in a parking lot. Officers then pulled in front of his vehicle.

    As an officer started getting out of the driver’s side of the car, Fitch started firing at the officers.

    fficers on the passenger side of the squad car returned fire, striking Fitch several times, Paulos said.

    An unidentified woman who was with Fitch was also shot and wounded. Both were quickly taken into custody and rushed to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Police said Fitch’s condition was uncertain late Wednesday, but that the female was expected to survive.

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    • #3
      http://www.officer.com/news/11611208...n-minn-officer

      Police Officer Scott Patrick devoted his career to protecting the people of Mendota Heights. Now, in the aftermath of his shooting death last week, law enforcement officials are asking the public to pay its respects by lining a nearly 8-mile-long funeral procession route Wednesday. "The family will want to see you out there," Doug

      Neville of the state Department of Public Safety said on Monday. "It means a lot."

      Officials expect 3,000 to 5,000 mourners -- family, friends and law enforcement officers from across Minnesota -- to attend Patrick's funeral at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in West St. Paul.

      Problem is, the church sanctuary holds only 350.

      Despite that logistical challenge, officials with the Law Enforcement Memorial Association (LEMA) and the state Department of Public Safety on Monday made plans to accommodate police and sheriff's departments and state troopers by erecting tents and installing two massive LED television "walls" outside the church.

      They also encouraged those waiting along the 7.8-mile route from the church to Acacia Park Cemetery in Mendota Heights to be patient. Thousands of police officers will lead the procession, which will wind through the streets of Mendota Heights and West St. Paul. About 20 to 30 minutes later, Patrick's family will follow, along with a horse-drawn caisson carrying his body.

      The public is invited to Patrick's visitation on Tuesday, from 2 to 8 p.m., at the church. Parking will be available at Henry Sibley High School on Delaware Avenue, with shuttle buses ferrying mourners to and from St. Stephen's, located at 1575 Charlton in West St. Paul.

      The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday. While church seating is limited to family, friends and Patrick's colleagues, the service will be streamed on cable (Comcast channel 16 in Mendota Heights and neighboring communities) and on YouTube.

      The procession will leave the church around noon and head north on Charlton to Butler Avenue, east to Dodd Road, south to Mendota Heights Road, then west to Lemay Lake Road and into the cemetery.

      Just before 1 p.m., a cemetery bell will toll 272 times, once for each Minnesota law enforcement officer who has died in the line of duty. Another bell will ring 22 times -- for each year Patrick served in law enforcement.

      Outside the church Monday, Rogers Police Chief Jeff Beahen was taking measurements for the tents that will be erected. 3M Co. is donating the tents for use; area school districts are lending the chairs. Beahen said he hopes to find donors to offset the $12,000 cost of the television walls.

      "There is no way Mendota Heights can pay for this," he said. "We are hoping people step forward."

      To donate to LEMA, go to: www.mnlema.org/index.php/donations.

      Copyright 2014 - Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

      McClatchy-Tribune News Service
      The views expressed in the above post are the sole opinion of the author and do not reflect any official position by the author's employer and/or municipality.

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      • #4
        live stream of the funeral service

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu8srJy_a6o

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        • #5
          I brought my daughter to day to see the FUNERAL procession. What a powerful show of support from the Law Enforcement community. Great teaching moment about what it means to make the ultimate sacrifice. #MHPDPatrick #HerosLiveForever

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