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How to help family of Mendota Heights Officer Scott Patrick

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WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Hundreds of family members, friends and members of the Mendota Heights community gathered on Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil to honor Officer Scott Patrick, the first in the department to die in the line of duty. The Mendota Heights Police Department has also established an approved memorial fund.

Officer Scott Patrick Memorial Fund
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Patrick was shot during what police describe as a routine traffic stop. The suspect, 39-year-old Brian George Fitch Sr., fled the scene and SWAT forces spent the night searching for him in several St. Paul neighborhoods before locating him near Rice and Sycamore Streets. Fitch apparently noticed officers at the same time, and opened fire on police from inside a silver minivan. Police returned fire, and he and a woman were shot. Both were taken to Regions Hospital, but Fitch's condition is not known.

IN CUSTODY: Brian George Fitch Sr.

While the arrest was unfolding in St. Paul, residents and mourners were gathering for a vigil in the parking lot of Jim's Market at the intersection of Dodd and Smith, just feet from where Patrick was shot and killed shortly after noon.

The moment that officers took down the yellow tape, people began flooding the area with flowers, candles and prayers. The vigil officially started at 8:30 p.m., and the mayor came out with the firefighters as family and friends came to remember the most senior officer in the Mendota Heights Police Department.

Patrick began his career with Shakopee police in 1992, but he'd been with the Mendota Heights department since 1995. During his 19 career, he worked as a patrol officer during the day shift -- and many in the community remember him as a cop who regularly went above and beyond the call of duty to help members of the community he cared about so much.

Patrick's sister-in-law admitted to Fox 9 News that even though she went to the hospital to meet her family after Patrick was shot, it still doesn't seem real.

"It's a shock," Kathy Patrick said. "You hear it happening. You don't believe it's going to happen to you. He was a great guy. He was very well-loved and he's going to be missed."

Patrick was very much a family man, and he is survived by his wife and two teenage daughters. One of his daughters just graduated high school two weeks ago, and a fund has been set up to help the family.

DONATE ONLINE: GoFundMe for Officer Scott Patrick

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