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Residents rush to fallen Mendota Heights officer's aid

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In the end, there was nothing they could do -- but several people rushed to the scene were gunfire had rang out just a moment earlier to try and help Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick after he was fatally shot during a traffic stop at the intersection of Dodd Road and Smith Avenue.

Greg Reid told Fox 9 News his office looks right out on the shooting scene, and he said he heard 3 quick gunshots at about 12:20 p.m. before running across the street to find an off-duty nurse was trying to perform CPR on the fallen officer.

"Looked out and saw the police car with the lights on and the policeman laying on the ground," Reid recalled. "By the time I got there, there was somebody over there. There were two people over there. They'd rolled him over and somebody started doing compressions, but he wasn't breathing. His eyes were open and there was lots of blood."

The officer had two apparent gunshot wounds to the head and neck, according to witnesses Ryan McGinnis and Dakota McIntyre. Both were in the convenience store just yards away, and they said police started streaming through in what seemed like less than a minute.

"We heard, like, the gunshots than what sounded like a car taking off, and then that was it," McIntyre said.

A woman who spoke with Fox 9 News said a friend from church told her, and told investigators, that the suspect nearly hit her head on as he sped away -- and that she saw him throw baggies out of the car. While police have not yet released their official narrative of what occurred, witnesses like Reid say it seems like a routine traffic stop went horribly wrong.

"That's exactly what it looked like to me -- looked like he was getting out to walk up to the car," Reid said. "He was just laying there in front of his car. He didn't have a gun drawn or anything."

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