MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a man suspected of killing a Mendota Heights police officer with first-degree murder.
The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1pvTaid ) reports 39-year-old Brian George Fitch Sr. also was charged Friday with several counts of attempted murder and assault for firing at police officers during a standoff eight hours after the killing.
Fitch, of Mendota Heights, faces two counts of first-degree murder in Dakota County in the shooting death of Officer Scott Patrick.
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.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com