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Gail Krull of West St. Paul, Minn., a niece of Mendota Heights, Minn., police officer Scott Patrick, cries as she lays a bouquet of roses on a makeshift memorial during a candlelight vigil at the location where Patrick was shot and killed in West St. Paul on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS/John Autley

At candlelight vigil and in words, slain officer mourned

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WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Hundreds of people paid their respects Wednesday evening at a candlelight vigil at the scene of the shooting that cut down a Mendota Heights police officer just hours earlier.

Many placed flowers and other mementoes at a curbside memorial at Dodd Road and Smith Avenue in West St. Paul, where officer Scott Patrick was fatally shot just before 12:30 p.m. during a traffic stop.

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