Suspect In Officer’s Killing In Serious Condition
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The suspect in the killing of a Mendota Heights police officer is in serious condition in a St. Paul hospital following a violent confrontation Wednesday night with police.
Brian Fitch Sr.'s condition was updated Thursday by St. Paul police.
Police also identified the woman who was with Fitch, and also was injured, as Kelly Lee Hardy. Her condition wasn't announced.
Authorities say the 39-year-old Fitch is a career criminal who got out of prison in February on supervised release for a burglary conviction and was already a wanted fugitive again on a Department of Corrections warrant.
His record also includes convictions or arrests for theft, terroristic threats, assault, drug offenses, escaping custody and fleeing police officers.
Court records show Fitch 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.
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 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.