Officers from Mendota Heights, West St. Paul, St. Paul and regional law enforcement agencies rushed to the area, a witness told the St. Paul Pioneer-Dispatch. Mendota Heights City Councilman Ultan Duggan identified the slain officer as Scott Patrick and said he had been with the department for more than a decade.
"It's a hard day for all of Mendota Heights," Duggan said. "You think this will never happen to you and then out of the blue -- boom -- here is what happens."
Mike Youness, who lives in the area, said he heard gunshots. When he went outside, he saw a police officer on the ground with a woman, apparently a nurse, trying to help him.
"She said it was futile," Youness said. "He was already gone."