District attorney begins review of fatal police shooting

District attorney begins review of fatal police shooting

District attorney begins review of fatal police shooting

Prosecutors have charged a 26-year-old man in the fatal shooting of a Milwaukee police officer.

Fricke was charged Sunday with first-degree intentional homicide and other crimes in the fatal shooting Wednesday of 35-year-old Officer Matthew Rittner.

While the door was being breached by police using a ram device, Fricke fired an AK-47 pistol four times through the opening the ram device created, striking Rittner in the chest. He said he thought he heard someone say "police" but didn't think it was actually the police trying to break into his home, the complaint states. One officer yelled "police", and nearly immediately, four shots were fired through the opening in the door from inside of the home.

According to police, Fricke was being served a search warrant in regards for the illegal sale of drugs and guns.

An autopsy by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner determined Officer Rittner died from a single gunshot wound that did not exit the body. The bullet entered Officer Rittner at the left upper chest/shoulder area and went through the left long, the aorta, the right lung and ended at the right shoulder and chestwall. 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, remained jailed on Sunday with preliminary bail set at $500,000.

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.

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