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Mendota Heights officer shooting: 7 important facts

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With their suspect in custody after a shootout with officers in St. Paul, police are now releasing more information about the fatal shooting of Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick and the manhunt that followed.

Status of suspected cop killer

Police say 39-year-old Brian George Fitch Sr. sustained multiple gunshot wounds after he opened fire on St. Paul officers near Rice and Sycamore from inside a vehicle police described as an "SUV-style truck". He is currently listed in serious condition at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Prosecutors said they expect to file charges on Friday.

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Source: Fitch shot 7 times

The extent of Fitch's injuries remains unknown, but a trusted law enforcement source told Fox 9's Paul Blume that Fitch was shot 7 times during the dramatic firefight with police. No officers were injured in the exchange, which left the vehicle Fitch had borrowed riddled with bullets.

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2 shootings in 2 counties

The West St. Paul Police Department is leading the investigation into Patrick's death, but the case spans two separate counties. When the fatal gunfire rung out in Dakota County shortly after noon on Wednesday, Fitch fled the scene in a forest green Pontiac Grand Am that was later found abandoned in a St. Paul neighborhood.

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After publicly announcing they were hunting for Fitch, investigators said tips from the public were "absolutely phenomenal" in leading them to the St. Paul neighborhood where an officer spotted him inside a silver vehicle.

6 officers returned fire on Fitch

On Thursday, police revealed that a total of 6 officers were involved in the shooting and apprehension of Fitch and the woman who was in the vehicle with him. Five of those officers were from the St. Paul Police Department, and the other is with the Minneapolis Police Department. Two of those officers had been undercover, and all are now on paid administrative leave.

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Injured woman identified as Kelly Lee Hardy, 36

Police confirmed that a woman inside the vehicle with Fitch was also struck during the shootout; however, they would only say that her injuries were not life threatening on Wednesday night.

On Thursday, police identified the woman as 36-year-old Kelly Lee Hardy, of Maplewood. Police have not officially commented on the nature of her relationship to Fitch, if any, but did say she is not under arrest.


Washington County mug shot from 2007

No update on her status or her injuries has been provided; however, police did confirm that she was with Fitch willingly and may be considered a witness in the case.

St. Stephen's Lutheran to host officer's funeral

The funeral for Officer Scott Patrick will be held Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Stephens Lutheran Church (1575 Charlton Street, West. St. Paul). Visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

PHOTOS: In memory of Officer Scott Patrick

Police set up approved fund for officer

The Mendota Heights Police Department established an approved memorial fund with Affinity Plus Credit Union, and donations can be made in person at any branch, by phone at 651-291-3700, or by mail to the address below:

Officer Scott Patrick Memorial Fund
Affinity Plus Credit Union
175 West Lafayette Frontage Road
St. Paul MN 55107

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