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Officer Patrick's widow says family is 'truly hurting'

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 WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. (KARE 11) - From the spot where her husband was shot and killed on Wednesday afternoon, the widow of Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick spoke about the pain she and her family are feeling.
"We are one big family that is truly hurting right now," said Michelle Patrick at a news conference on Friday night.
Patrick was fatally shot during a traffic stop in West St. Paul. The 19-year police veteran leaves behind his wife and two teenage children.
"I want to express my deep heartfelt gratitude for the many, many thoughts, condolences, prayers, well-wishes and kindness offered on our behalf," said Patrick.
Surrounded by her daughters and countless other friends and family and standing next to the impromptu memorial that has popped up following the shooting, Patrick said she chose that location because of the support it represents.
"It symbolizes a greater depth of feeling and love that overwhelms us. Words cannot adequately describe how this feels and what it means to me," she said.
Patrick said her husband was known for cracking jokes, and that he was a "great guy." While she said he probably wouldn't have thought he was worth all of the attention, "he would love and appreciate what everyone is doing for us."
A funeral will be held next week for Scott Patrick. Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in West St. Paul. Visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday from 2-8 p.m.
Prosecutors on Friday charged suspect Brian George Fitch Sr. with first-degree murder in Patrick's death. Fitch was arrested after he was shot by police following a manhunt.
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