NEW INFO: Milwaukee police officer ID'd after a shooting Wednesday, suspect in custody
Officer Matthew Rittner of the Milwaukee Police Department was shot and killed on the city’s south side on Wednesday morning. Milwaukee Police Chief, Alfonso Morales, shared the update late Wednesday night.
Officials say around 9:15 a.m., the Milwaukee Police Department’s Tactical Enforcement Unit was in the neighborhood to serve a search warrant. The person was wanted for illegal sales of firearms and drugs, according to Chief Morales. At 9:20 a.m., officers made contact with two subjects — and shots were fired. Officer Rittner was struck — he later died from his injuries.
Officer Rittner was 35 years old — and a 17-year veteran of the department. He was also a 10 member of the tactical enforcement unit and veteran of the United States Marine Corps with three tours in the Middle East, said Chief Morales.
“This is a very, very, very difficult time for our city, for the Milwaukee Police Department. Obviously for the family that has been affected,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “I am filled with sorrow with this needless loss. At the same time, I am filled with anger over the individual who did this to a police officer," said Mayor Tom Barrett.
“This is been an incredibly difficult year for the department — now the third officer that has lost his life in the service of Milwaukee. So it’s a sad day for this community,” Alderman Donovan said. “It’ll give you an indication of how challenging this work is. And, how we as a community need to rally behind our officers to ensure they have the support and the backing that they deserve," said Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan.
The suspect, Jordan Fricke, was taken into custody at the scene. Milwaukee police say Fricke is a 26-year-old Milwaukee man. Another person inside the house was also arrested, according to Chief Morales.
Chief Morales was out of town at the time of the shooting. Officials say he immediately got a flight — and headed back to the city. He lead a press conference Wednesday night about 9 p.m.
FOX6 News has learned the ATF was at the home where the incident unfolded. FBI is now also on the scene.
Officer Rittner leaves behind a wife and a young son.
Attorney General Josh Kaul issued the following statement:
“I join all of Wisconsin in mourning the loss of one of our brave law enforcement officers. Those who put on the uniform every day put their safety at risk to protect others and to save lives.
“DOJ continues to assist with this investigation and the Law Enforcement Death Response Team is supporting the Milwaukee Police Department.”