MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The sign outside Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick’s church echoes the sentiment of the community. It reads: Rest in peace.
Patrick suffered fatal gunshot wounds Wednesday while performing a routine traffic stop in West St. Paul. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
“I don’t know how they are going to go on without their dad,” said Shane Patrick, the officer’s nephew, on Thursday. “I mean, to wake up in the morning and say goodbye, and then have him not come home…I can’t even imagine what that’s like.”
Patrick was part of the Mendota Heights Police Department for nearly 20 years. But he was, first and foremost, a family man.
“He also protected his brothers – even his older brothers,” Shane said.
One of those older brothers, Doug Patrick, says the loss he feels is devastating.
“You’re used to seeing him,” he said, “and now you ain’t.”
Doug says his brother used to visit him a few times a week to help him fix up his house. He says he’ll miss just being around his younger brother.
The two saw each other last week.
“We were talking about our ages,” Doug said. “And he told me that I’ll never live to be your age. And that’s what’s stuck in my mind for now, and forever.”
Mendota Heights police officers are also struggling with Patrick’s loss.
One officer, Mike Shepard, posted on Facebook saying: “Nothing can prepare one to see their partner and friend down as a result of another human’s selfish actions.”
A memorial fund has been set up for officer Patrick by the Mendota Heights Police Department. Donations can be made here:
Officer Scott Patrick Memorial Fund
Affinity Plus Credit Union
175 West Lafayette Frontage Rd.
St. Paul MN 55107