Charges Expected Against Suspected Cop Killer 01 Aug 14

(St. Paul, MN) — Charges are expected to be handed down today (Friday) for the man suspected of killing a Mendota Heights police officer.

Brian Fitch

Brian Geornge Fitch Senior was arrested Wednesday after a manhunt that began after Officer Scott Patrick was shot and killed during a traffic stop around noon.

Fitch was shot several times in a shootout with St. Paul police right before being taken into custody. He remains in the hospital under police guard.

As of Thursday, he was in serious condition.

Court records show Fitch was wanted because he had left a drug treatment program and faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted on a pending drug charge.

Case records examined by The Associated Press show Fitch was charged in Dakota County last year with possessing 47.4 grams of methamphetamine. Documents show prosecutors wanted 30 years in the case.

One condition of Fitch’s release from jail was entering a drug treatment program. The warrant was issued June 6th after he left.