Suspect charged in fatal shooting of Milwaukee officer

Brad Schlei

Brad Schlei

10, 2019, Fricke was charged with first-degree intentional homicide and other crimes in the fatal shooting Wednesday of Officer Matthew Rittner, who was serving a search warrant.

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

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 nearly immediately, four shots were fired through the opening in the door from inside of the home.

The target of the search warrant was wanted for the illegal sale of firearms and drugs.

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.

Another officer stepped towards the opening door and aimed his rifle and saw Fricke standing with his hands in the air. Rittner died of a gunshot wound to the chest. The suspect claimed he did not hear what was being yelled, but did hear "Police!" yelled at least twice.

Fricke, who also faces reckless endangerment and drug charges, made a court appearance Sunday and a judge set his bail at $1 million. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for February 14 at 8:30 a.m.

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

Milwaukee Police issued a statement after the charges asking the public to continue praying for Officer Rittner's family and friends and for members of the Milwaukee Police Department.