A person who was charged Sunday with killing a Milwaukee officer throughout a drug raid on his dwelling advised investigators he did not understand it was police attempting to interrupt down his door, authorities stated. Jordan P. Fricke, 26, is charged with first-degree intentional murder and different crimes within the deadly taking pictures of 35-year-old Officer Matthew Rittner, who was a part of a tactical unit attempting to serve a warrant to go looking the house for unlawful medicine and weapons Wednesday morning.
In response to the prison grievance, police introduced their presence a number of occasions and stated that they had a search warrant, and an officer yelled “police” proper earlier than Fricke fired 4 rounds by a gap within the door that Rittner had made with a battering ram. Rittner died of a gunshot wound to the chest.
Fricke was in mattress along with his girlfriend after they have been woke up by loud noise and yelling. He advised investigators that he by no means heard anybody yell “search warrant.” He stated he thought he heard somebody say “police” however did not suppose it was truly the police attempting to interrupt into his dwelling, the grievance states.
Fricke’s girlfriend stated she noticed him shoot on the kitchen door and that she knew police have been on the door as a result of she heard them establish themselves, in keeping with the grievance.
A $1 million money bond was set Sunday for Fricke, and a courtroom commissioner discovered possible trigger to carry Fricke for additional proceedings. A preliminary listening to was set for Feb. 14, and Fricke stays in jail. Fricke’s lawyer, Michael L. Chernin, declined remark.
Rittner, a 17-year veteran of the drive, was the third Milwaukee officer killed within the line of responsibility in eight months. The division had beforehand gone greater than twenty years with out such a loss of life.
Rittner’s funeral is scheduled for Wednesday at Oak Creek Meeting of God Church in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.