Suspect charged in fatal shooting of Milwaukee officer

February 11, 2019

Jordan P. Fricke appears in intake court and is charged in the murder of Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Milwaukee. A court commissioner found probable cause to hold Fricke for further proceedings. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 14.

MILWAUKEE A man who was charged Sunday with killing a Milwaukee officer during a drug raid on his home told investigators that he didn't realize it was police trying to break down his door, authorities said.

Jordan P. Fricke, 26, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and other crimes in the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Officer Matthew Rittner, who was part of a tactical unit trying to serve a warrant to search the home for illegal drugs and weapons on Wednesday morning.

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. Rittner died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Fricke was in bed with his girlfriend when they were awakened by loud noise and yelling. He told investigators that he never heard anyone yell "search warrant." He said he thought he heard someone say "police" but didn't think it was actually the police trying to break into his home, the complaint states.

Fricke's girlfriend said she saw him shoot at the kitchen door and that she knew police were at the door because she heard them identify themselves, according to the complaint.

A $1 million cash bond was set Sunday for Fricke, who remained in jail. A court commissioner found probable cause to hold Fricke for further proceedings, and a preliminary hearing was set for Thursday.

Fricke's attorney, Michael L. Chernin, declined comment.

Rittner, a 17-year veteran of the force, 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.

Rittner's funeral is scheduled for Wednesday at Oak Creek Assembly of God Church in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.


The Latest: $1M cash bond set in Milwaukee police killing

MILWAUKEE The Latest on suspect charged in fatal shooting of Milwaukee police officer (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

A $1 million cash bond has been set for a Milwaukee man charged with killing a police officer during a drug raid on the suspect's home last week.

Twenty-six-year Jordan P. Fricke appeared in court Sunday after he was charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the fatal shooting Wednesday of 35-year-old Officer Matthew Rittner.

A court commissioner found probable cause to hold Fricke for further proceedings. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint, police announced their presence several times and said they had a search warrant during the raid, 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. Rittner died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Fricke remains in jail. His attorney, Michael L. Chernin, declined comment.

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12:25 p.m.

Authorities say a Milwaukee man charged with killing a police officer who was trying to serve a search warrant told investigators he didn't know it was police who were trying to break down his door.

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

Rittner was part of a tactical enforcement unit and was using a battering ram to knock down Fricke's kitchen door. One officer yelled "police," and almost immediately, four shots were fired through the opening in the door from inside of the home. Rittner died of a gunshot wound to his chest.

According to the criminal complaint, Fricke told investigators he thought he heard the people hammering on his door yell "police" but he didn't think it was actually the police trying to break into his home.

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10:05 a.m.

Prosecutors have charged a 26-year-old man in the fatal shooting of a Milwaukee police officer.

Jordan P. Fricke, of Milwaukee, was charged Sunday with first-degree intentional homicide and other crimes in the fatal shooting Wednesday of 35-year-old Officer Matthew Rittner, who was serving a search warrant. Authorities arrested Fricke soon after the shooting.

Police say Fricke was the target of the warrant and was wanted for the illegal sale of firearms and drugs. Authorities say officers announced themselves as police and Fricke fired several rounds, hitting Rittner.

Rittner was the third Milwaukee officer killed in the line of duty in eight months.

Fricke remained in jail Sunday. Court records do not list an attorney who could speak for him.

 

Associated Press

 

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