Suspect charged in fatal shooting of Milwaukee officer

Evarado Alatorre
Febrero 11, 2019

Fricke was charged Sunday with first-degree intentional homicide and other crimes in the fatal shooting Wednesday of 35-year-old Officer Matthew Rittner.

While yelling, "Milwaukee Police, we have a search warrant" Officer Rittner used a one man ram to breach the door.

When interviewed, Fricke claims he never heard anyone yell "search warrant", but thought he did hear "police" and did not believe it was them trying to get inside.

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. One officer yelled "police", and nearly immediately, four shots were fired through the opening in the door from inside of the home.

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Police say Fricke was the target of the warrant and was wanted for the illegal sale of firearms and drugs.

Another officer stepped towards the opening door and aimed his rifle and saw Fricke standing with his hands in the air.

Jordan Fricke, 26, also faces charges of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and maintaining a drug trafficking place. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for February 14 at 8:30 a.m.

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 the past eight months. The department had previously gone more than two decades without such a death.

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