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Charges expected in killing of Mendota Heights cop

August 1, 2014
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors are planning to file charges against the man suspected of killing a Mendota Heights police officer.

Thirty-nine-year-old Brian George Fitch Sr. is expected to be charged Friday in connection with Officer Scott Patrick's death.

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 — which he had asked to go instead of prison last year after he was convicted of terroristic threats and assault.

He also faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted on a separate drug charge.



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