- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota could get a statewide alert system to help catch anyone suspected of wounding or killing a police officer.

The Blue Alert system would work like Amber Alerts that publicize the disappearance of children. Law enforcement agencies, news organizations and other entities could quickly broadcast suspect information across the state.

Rep. Tony Cornish, who worked as a police officer for more than 30 years, wrote a bill proposing the Blue Alert system. A House committee passed it Tuesday but it still has other stops to make.

Advocates say the system could help in situations like the July killing of Mendota Heights Officer Scott Patrick. A jury on Monday convicted a St. Paul man of killing Patrick.

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