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.
WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Mendota Heights police officer was shot and killed this afternoon during a traffic stop near Dodd Road and Smith Avenue in West St. Paul, according to Dakota County dispatch. City Council member Ultan Duggan said the officer died from his injuries suffered during the shooting.