Hundreds pay tribute to Officer Scott Patrick on anniversary of his death


Family, friends, and supporters of the late Scott Patrick gathered to pay tribute to the Mendota Heights police officer Thursday evening, a year after the city's darkest day.

A candlelight vigil capped a day that included other tributes to Patrick, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop in West St. Paul on July 30, 2014.

Earlier, a moment of silence was held at 12:20 p.m. – the time the shooting occurred on Dodd Road. Then a portion of that road was rededicated as the Officer Scott Patrick Memorial Highway.

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Patrick, who was 47, was born near Dodd Road, KARE 11 reports, and patrolled the highway during his 19 years on the Mendota Heights police force. Fellow officer John Larivee said it's appropriate that it now bears Patrick's name because it was his home.

Patrick's widow, Michelle Patrick, told the Pioneer Press she and her daughters Erin, 18, and Amy, 14, have good days and bad days, adding: "We're doing OK ... just kind of going day by day and trying to do all that needs to be done."

Brian Fitch, who was convicted of first-degree murder in Patrick's death, is serving a life sentence in prison with no parole.

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