An unarmed black man fatally shot by a white Wisconsin police officer faced a choice between a middle-class lifestyle and the gang world and tended to be an impulsive risk-taker, according to court documents.
Brian George Fitch Sr., 39, of Mendota Heights, has been charged with one count of first degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and one count of illegal possession of a firearm, the Dakota County Attorney’s Office announced Friday.
While lying in a hospital bed at Regions Hospital earlier this week, the man suspected of killing Officer Scott Patrick looked another officer in the eye and said, “I hate cops and I’m guilty,” sources tell WCCO-TV’s Liz Collin.
Agencies just wrapped up a joint briefing to detail both the officer shooting and the apprehension of the man they say was responsible. They’re also expressing relief that more officers weren’t gunned down.
When 34-year-old Ryan Michael Larson was released from custody, Stearns County officials said they lacked evidence of probable cause. At that moment, the Nov. 29 killing of Cold Spring police officer Thomas Decker became an even more troubling mystery. If Larson wasn’t responsible for the cold-blooded killing, who was?