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Man accused of killing officer held on $2.5M bail

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) - The man charged with fatally shooting a Mendota Heights police officer is being held on bail of at least $2.5 million.

Brian Fitch Sr. is accused of killing Officer Scott Patrick during a traffic stop July 30. The 39-year-old Fitch had three warrants out for his arrest at the time.

Fitch slumped in silence during a Friday hearing, and defense attorney Lauri Traub questioned whether he was coherent enough to understand the proceedings. But Judge Mary J. Theisen said she thought Fitch was acting that way intentionally.

Fitch was shot eight times during his arrest. He underwent at least one surgery, and is now out of the hospital and being held in jail.

He's charged with two counts of first-degree murder in Dakota County. He's also facing charges in Ramsey County.

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