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IN CUSTODY: Officer shooting suspect Brian George Fitch Sr.

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Fox 9 News has confirmed that the suspect wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick, 47, during a traffic stop was taken into custody after a shootout with police on Wednesday night in St. Paul, and it turns out he was already a wanted man when that traffic stop began.

Multiple sources provided one particular name after Patrick was gunned down during a routine traffic in West St. Paul shortly after noon on Wednesday. The problem is: The name actually belongs to two individuals -- a 39-year-old and a 20-year-old, and it's unclear whether the two are related. At a 5 p.m. news conference, police said the elder Fitch is the man they're after.



Brian George Fitch Sr. was one of the most wanted men in Minnesota, and had been residing in the St. Paul and West St. Paul area while on supervised probation. Fitch Sr. was declared a wanted fugitive on June 2, and warrant for his arrest was issued by the Department of Corrections following a probation violation related to a burglary case out of Washington County. It remains unknown how he violated his patrol, but he would have known that he was looking at 3 years in prison for that violation before Patrick walked up to his window.

The 39-year-old has a huge rap sheet that includes assault, escape, burglary, theft, assault and terroristic threats. He also had a warrant out of Washington County for failing to pay child support.

Police were searching for a green Pontiac Grand Am with Minnesota license plate SED-283 in connection with Patrick's slaying. Shortly after 6:30 p.m., officers announced that vehicle had been located.


The former owner of the green Pontiac Grand Am told Fox 9 he sold the car on June 1 for $300. He said the car was barely roadworthy at the time of the sale, because it had a big dent on the left side of the trunk and the left tail light was broken; however, he said he did not sell the car to Fitch.

About 3 miles away from where that car was found, police spotted Fitch inside a silver van. Fitch apparently spotted them too, because police say that vehicle made a U-turn and Fitch opened fire on officers again. It remains unknown how many officers fired back, but the van was riddled with bullets and both Fitch and a woman inside were injured before they were taken to Regions Hospital.

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