WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. - Police say a man wanted in connection with the shooting death of Mendota Heights officer is in custody after being shot by police.
St. Paul police spokesman Sgt. Paul Paulos says authorities received a tip that 39-year-old Brian Fitch Sr. had been spotted in the 30 block of East Sycamore Street Wednesday evening.
According to Paulos, Fitch tried to drive away in his vehicle when officers arrived, but police were able to pull in front of him as he tried to make a U-turn in a parking lot.
According to Paulos, as an officer stepped out of his car, Fitch allegedly began firing at officers. Police returned fire, striking Fitch and a woman who was with him. Both were taken into custody and then to Regions Hospital.
Paulos says Fitch's condition is unknown. The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Police say they are not looking for anyone else.
Fitch has a long criminal history. KARE 11 spoke to a man who knows him. The man did not want to be identified because he feared for his safety.
"This guy will go to any extent to stay free," he said of Fitch.
The man said he told investigators about his conversations with Fitch Wednesday afternoon. He claimed Fitch told him he would die in a hail of gunfire before returning to prison.
"He said if they come after him again, or come to him again, he said he's not going to go down without a fight, he's taking as many cops with him," he recalled.
A daylong manhunt was underway for Fitch in the killing of Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick. Patrick was fatally shot while making a traffic stop in West St. Paul. He was the first Mendota Height's police officer to be slain in the line of duty.
Mendota Heights is a St. Paul suburb of about 11,000 people.
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