Jordan Fricke charged in shooting death of Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 11, 2019

A 26-year-old Milwaukee man has been charged in the killing of a Milwaukee police officer.

The man accused of fatally shooting Milwaukee officer Matthew Rittner has been charged with one count of first-degree intentional homicide.

According to the criminal complaint, police announced their presence several times and said they had a search warrant, and an officer yelled "police" right before Fricke fired four rounds through a hole in the door that Rittner had made with a battering ram. Authorities arrested Fricke soon after the shooting.

According to police, Fricke was being served a search warrant in regards for the illegal sale of drugs and guns. While Rittner was using the ram another officer yelled "Police!" and nearly immediately four gunshots are fired through the opening door from inside the apartment.

The team then carried Officer Rittner down the stairs and outside into the yard where they tried life saving measures until paramedics arrived. Rittner died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Fricke, who also faces reckless endangerment and drug charges, remained jailed on Sunday with preliminary bail set at $500,000.

Bond has been set at one-million dollars cash, and Fricke is expected to appear again in court February 14 for a preliminary hearing.

Milwaukee police didn't immediately respond to a message Friday asking if Fricke had an attorney.

Rittner was the third Milwaukee officer killed in the line of duty in eight months. The department had previously gone more than two decades without such a death.

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