Prosecutors on Sunday charged a 26-year-old man in the killing of a Milwaukee police officer.

Jordan P. Fricke, of Milwaukee, was charged 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.

Fricke, who also faces reckless endangerment and drug charges, remained jailed on Sunday with preliminary bail set at $500,000. Court records do not list an attorney who could speak for him.

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.

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  1. 7 months ago

    There is a spirit of Civil War in this country. We are divided as much, or more, than the decade before the War Between the States. If we do not stop, we will ALL be very sorry.

    God forgive US(A). okn

  2. Dr Carl SDC-Greater Boston 7 months ago
    Member Since: 10/16/18

    Another senseless act of violence. Committed by a dirtbag. Now I am not going to say that those in Law Enforcement are always right because clearly, we have seen numerous examples of LEO acting inappropriately. But that is not the purpose of this post.

    Here is an example of an officer doing his job and for no real reason other than the fact that he was doing his job he was gunned down by a drug dealing, gun runner.

    As a country, as a civilized society our hearts should go out to Officer Matthew Rittner’s family for their loss.

    Rest In Peace Officer Matthew Rittner.

  3. 6 months ago
    Member Since: 10/10/18

    If you are interested in helping or supporting those that survive him, I have worked closely with this organization in the past, its our WI State Chapter of WI COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors). Link:

    Police Officer Matthew Rittner
    Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

    End of Watch: Wednesday, February 6, 2019

  4. 6 months ago
    Member Since: 01/15/19

    This kind of stuff just makes me burn inside! Some how I wish the Cops could see it coming before it happens!

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