MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The man accused of killing a Mendota Heights police officer two weeks ago will make his first appearance in Dakota County courtroom before facing charges filed in Ramsey County.
Brian Fitch Sr., 39, is facing 12 charges, including murder, in the shooting death of Officer Scott Patrick. Fitch allegedly opened fire on Patrick during a traffic stop in West St. Paul in late July before fleeing the scene.
Later that day, he got into another confrontation with police where shots were fired before he was hit multiple times.
Fitch was taken to Regions Hospital for treatment, where charges state he told a guard monitoring his hospital bed, “Just to let you know, I hate cops and I’m guilty.”
The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office said that Fitch will not appear in court on charges filed in that county until he appears in Dakota County court. He has had at least two court appearances delayed while he recovers from several gunshot wounds at the hospital suffered in the standoff with police.