APNewsBreak: Cop shooting suspect faced 30 years


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Court records show a man suspected of killing a Mendota Heights police officer was wanted because he had left a drug treatment program and faced up to 30 years in prison.

Thirty-nine-year-old Brian George Fitch Sr. is in serious condition after being shot during his arrest Wednesday night. He was captured after a manhunt that began with the fatal shooting of Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick during a traffic stop in West St. Paul.

Case records examined by The Associated Press show Fitch was charged in Dakota County last year with possessing 47.4 grams of methamphetamine. Documents show prosecutors were seeking 30 years in prison.

One condition of Fitch's release from jail was entering a drug treatment program. The warrant was issued June 6 after he left.

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