Suspect Charged With Murder in Milwaukee Officer's Killing

Suspect Charged With Murder in Milwaukee Officer's Killing

Suspect Charged With Murder in Milwaukee Officer's Killing

Fricke has admitted to selling marijuana as well as assembling rifles and selling them at gun shows, according to the criminal complaint.

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. Authorities arrested Fricke soon after the shooting. One officer yelled "police", and nearly immediately, four shots were fired through the opening in the door from inside of the home.

The criminal complaint adds that officers announced their presence right before Fricke fired four rounds through a hole in a door that Officer Rittner had made with a battering ram. Rittner died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

In an interview with police, Fricke said he woke up to banging and people yelling but did not know what was going on.

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Fricke remained in jail Sunday. The suspect claimed he did not hear what was being yelled, but did hear "Police!" yelled at least twice.

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

On Tuesday, there will be a private visitation for Officer Rittner from 3:30p.m.to 7:30p.m. Milwaukee Police Department members, Milwaukee Fire Department members and Military personnel are invited to attend. The department had previously gone more than two decades without such a death.

Visitation and the funeral will be at the Oak Creek Assembly of God Church at 7311 S. 13th St.

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