Charges: Cop-killer Brian Fitch said, "I hate cops and I'm guilty"

This afternoon, Brian Fitch was charged with first-degree murder (among many other charges) for allegedly killing Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick on Wednesday.

The charging documents don't make clear why Fitch, who had a warrant out for his arrest, was pulled over in West St. Paul just across the border from Mendota Heights in the first place, but allege he shot Patrick in the leg, abdomen, and head as he approached his green Pontiac Grand Am.

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After speeding away from the murder scene, Fitch ditched the Pontiac for a Hyundai Veracruz he borrowed from an acquaintance. He was in that vehicle with two passengers hours later when he got into a possibly meth-fueled shootout with police near Rice and Sycamore streets in St. Paul, as the charges say "a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine" was found inside the Hyundai.

Fitch, a 39-year-old Mendota Heights resident with a lengthy criminal record, was injured during the shootout and later taken to Regions Hospital, where he was watched over by a St. Paul cop. According to the charges, Fitch told the officer, "Just to let you know, I hate cops and I'm guilty."

The story is told in two separate criminal complaints, one pertaining mostly to Patrick's murder and the other to the St. Paul shootout. To read the former, click to page two. The latter is on page three.


Fitch Murder Charge

For the criminal complaint pertaining to the shootout, click to page three.


Fitch Shootout Charge

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