A $1 million cash bond has been set for a Milwaukee man charged with killing a police officer during a drug raid on the suspect’s home last week.
A court commissioner found probable cause to hold Fricke for further proceedings. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
According to the criminal complaint, police announced their presence several times and said they had a search warrant during the raid, and an officer yelled “police” right before Fricke fired four rounds through a hole in the door that Rittner had made with a battering ram. Rittner died of a gunshot wound to the chest.
Fricke remains in jail. His attorney, Michael L. Chernin, declined comment.
Authorities say a Milwaukee man charged with killing a police officer who was trying to serve a search warrant told investigators he didn’t know it was police who were trying to break down his door.
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 almost immediately, four shots were fired through the opening in the door from inside of the home. Rittner died of a gunshot wound to his chest.
According to the criminal complaint, Fricke told investigators he thought he heard the people hammering on his door yell “police” but he didn’t think it was actually the police trying to break into his home.
Prosecutors have charged a 26-year-old man in the fatal shooting of a Milwaukee police officer.
Jordan P. Fricke, of Milwaukee, was charged Sunday with first-degree intentional homicide and other crimes in the fatal shooting Wednesday of 35-year-old Officer Matthew Rittner, who was serving a search warrant. Authorities arrested Fricke soon after the shooting.
Police say Fricke was the target of the warrant and was wanted for the illegal sale of firearms and drugs. Authorities say officers announced themselves as police and Fricke fired several rounds, hitting Rittner.
Rittner was the third Milwaukee officer killed in the line of duty in eight months.
Fricke remained in jail Sunday. Court records do not list an attorney who could speak for him.