MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Prosecutors have charged a man suspected of killing a Mendota Heights police officer with first-degree murder.
The Star Tribune reports 39-year-old Brian George Fitch Sr. also was charged Friday with several counts of attempted murder and assault for firing at police officers during a standoff eight hours after the killing.
Fitch, of Mendota Heights, faces two counts of first-degree murder in Dakota County in the shooting death of Officer Scott Patrick.
Patrick was killed Wednesday during a traffic stop. Authorities arrested Fitch later that day after a manhunt. Fitch remained in serious condition Thursday with injuries he suffered during a shootout with police. Court documents say Fitch is scheduled for surgery at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Regions Hospital. The documents say he's medicated and will be in the hospital for at least a week. He is being guarded by law enforcement.
Court records do not list an attorney for him. Documents say he told police: "I hate cops and I'm guilty."
Authorities say they may never know the reason for the traffic stop. Court records show Fitch was wanted because he left a drug treatment program.
Funeral services for Patrick will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in West St. Paul. Visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday from 2-8 p.m.
The 19-year police veteran leaves behind a wife and two teenage children.
Patrick is the first officer killed in the line of duty in the history of the Mendota Heights Police Department.
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