Updated: 07/30/2014 7:35 PM
Created: 07/30/2014 7:13 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
Statements are being released after the fatal shooting of Mendota Police Officer Scott Patrick.
He was shot about 12:20 p.m. Wednesday after pulling over a car in West St. Paul. Witnesses reported hearing three gunshots. A massive manhunt followed the shooting...
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Police Chief Janeé Harteau released the following statement:
"On behalf of the Minneapolis Police Department, Chief Harteau and Mayor Hodges send their condolences to the men and women of the Mendota Heights Police Department and to their citizens.
"The loss of an officer is amongst the hardest things for law enforcement personnel to endure. Every call for service, every traffic stop poses an unknown risk for the officer. Every officer knows the dangers of the job, but day after day they put on their uniform and put themselves into harms way. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Mendota Heights Police Department, as well as the family and friends of the slain officer," Chief Harteau shared.
Mayor Betsy Hodges added: "This is a terrible loss for the entire community. My sympathies go out to the family and friends of the fallen officer, and to police officers everywhere. This tragedy is a reminder that our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for us each day. I am grateful for their service."
Governor Dayton released the following statement:
“We are appalled by the tragic killing of Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick. On behalf of all Minnesotans, I extend my deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. We pray that they be given strength and solace during this terrible time.
“We also reaffirm our gratitude to all of our state's law enforcement personnel, who every day place their lives in jeopardy in order to assure our safety.”