According to court documents, the man charged with killing a Mendota Heights police officer last month told a friend the day before the incident that he was prepared to shoot an officer if he was pulled over.
The Pioneer Press reports search warrants made public this week in the case of Brian Fitch Sr., include an account from an ex-girlfriend of his. She reportedly told police Fitch said "if he got stopped, he would go so far as shooting a police officer."
That's exactly what Fitch is accused of doing the next day.
Fitch, who had violated the terms of his parole, was wanted on outstanding warrants and faced years in prison for past crimes.
On July 30 Officer Scott Patrick (right) was fatally shot during a traffic stop in West St. Paul. A law enforcement manhunt for Fitch lasted through the afternoon until he was arrested after a shootout with police in St. Paul.
The newly-public search warrants reveal that during their search police were interviewing several people who knew Fitch, the Star Tribune reports.
Those include the woman who said she had been involved with Fitch for two months. She also told police that Fitch was using methamphetamine daily and that an argument with him on July 28 led her to call Oakdale police because she feared for her safety, both newspapers report.
Authorities say Fitch was shot eight times during the confrontation that led to his arrest. He's been recovering from his wounds in a hospital, which has prevented him from keeping scheduled court appearances.
His first court appearance could come Friday in Dakota County, but a spokeswoman for prosecutors tells the Pioneer Press it will hinge on Fitch's condition.
A FOX 9 reporter says an afternoon hearing is scheduled.
The 12 criminal charges against Fitch – including first-degree murder – stem from incidents in both Dakota and Ramsey Counties. Prosecutors have said they're likely to take the rare step of convening a multi-county grand jury to consolidate the charges into a single case.
Last week law enforcement personnel from across the Upper Midwest joined family and friends of Scott Patrick at a funeral service for the police officer.