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Fitch faced 30 years if convicted

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 if convicted on a pending drug charge.

Brian George Fitch Sr. was captured Wednesday night after a manhunt following the fatal shooting of Mendota Heights officer Scott Patrick during a traffic stop in West St. Paul.

Case records show Fitch was charged in Dakota County last year with possessing 47.4 grams of methamphetamine. Documents show prosecutors wanted 30 years in the case.

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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