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Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick Killed During Routine Traffic Stop


Mendota Heights, Minnesota Police Officer Scott Patrick was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop by Suspect Brian Fitch Sr.

Fitch was later shot and wounded by officers during a standoff that ended with his arrest.

Detectives report that career criminal Brian Fitch Sr. allegedly told the officer guarding him: “Just to let you know, I hate cops and I’m guilty.”

Video About the Shooting and Arrest of Suspect and His Girlfriend

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  • We are police officers and fully aware of the fact that police officers should never consider any traffic stop as routine. We only use the word routine for the benefit of the general public who are not trained police officers to convey the point that the traffic stop was type of stop they normally see when they see a police officer is stopping a car for a traffic violation and not a “high risk” or “felony” type of car stop. Using the term routine routine grates against us as much as it grates against you.

  • Please, please, please stop using the word “Routine” in conjunction with “Traffic Stop”. There is nothing “routine” about a traffic stop.

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