The crime scene investigators found themselves in the spotlight on Tuesday at Brian Fitch's first-degree murder trial. Jurors had a chance to examine fragments from the three bullets that killed Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick.
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One of those bullet fragments was found in the middle of Dodd Road in West St. Paul. A Minnesota BCA forensic expert testified it had traveled straight through the leg of the veteran police officer.
Meanwhile, at the shootout scene in St. Paul, more bullets were recovered. This time the focus was on the casings – specifically, spent casings alleged to have been fired by Fitch from the very same handgun with its red laser pointer installed for accuracy.A total of five casings were recovered in and around the Hyundai SUV, all of them packaged inside clear evidence baggies in the courtroom.
Prosecutors pointed out Fitch's ammunition was brass colored, while St. Paul police standard issue ammo is silver.
Inside the SUV, you can see the grim aftermath of the hail of gunfire before Fitch was taken into custody. He was hit 8 times. You can see from the evidence photos that blood was spattered everywhere and glass was shattered all over.
Investigators found Fitch's gun in between the driver door and the seat, on the floor of the vehicle. A second, palm-sized, two-shot pistol was found tucked in a sock inside a black case inside the SUV as well. We learned on Tuesday that Fitch's handgun had a spent casing stuck in its chamber that jammed up the weapon. Three more unfired 9-millimeter rounds were still in the live magazine.
Crude handwritten map to Luck, WI. Found on Brian Fitch when arrested. Allegedly headed to hide out in cabin. pic.twitter.com/o8ZOJ87yKe— Paul Blume (@PaulBlume_FOX9) January 27, 2015