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Minnesota police officer shot dead during traffic stop

Officers from the St. Paul, Minn., area rushed to the place where a police officer was gunned down in suburban Mendota Heights.

By Frances Burns
A .357 magnum revolver is displayed at G.A.T. Guns in Dundee, Illinois on June 28, 2010. The Supreme Court held Monday that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live, striking down Chicago's nearly 30-year-old handgun ban but leaving the door open for other gun-control legislation. UPI/Brian Kersey | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/787d28fdce1aefcec1a4cf6d152f6b81/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
A .357 magnum revolver is displayed at G.A.T. Guns in Dundee, Illinois on June 28, 2010. The Supreme Court held Monday that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live, striking down Chicago's nearly 30-year-old handgun ban but leaving the door open for other gun-control legislation. UPI/Brian Kersey | License Photo

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn., July 30 (UPI) -- An officer in an affluent Minnesota suburb was shot and killed during a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon.

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.

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"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."

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