Police identify suspect in Milwaukee Police shooting

Jordan Fricke. Photo: Milwaukee Police Dept.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WBAY) - Milwaukee Police have identified a man arrested for the fatal shooting of a veteran officer.

Jordan P. Fricke was arrested Wednesday following the shooting of Officer Matthew Rittner.

The case is being sent to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office for criminal charges, police say.

"Please continue to pray for Officer Rittner's family, for the Milwaukee Police Department and for the City of Milwaukee as we grieve," reads a statement from Sgt. Sheronda Grant.

Officer Rittner, 35, was serving a search warrant in the 2900 block of South 12th Street when he was hit by gunfire. Rittner, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, was taken to Froedtert Hospital where he died.

The subject of the search warrant was wanted for selling guns and drugs, police say.

Jordan Fricke was arrested at the scene of the shooting.

"The members on scene utilized tremendous restraint during the suspect's apprehension, which is a true testament to the character and professionalism of the men and women of the Milwaukee Police Department," Sgt. Grant says.

Officer Rittner started his career with the Milwaukee Police Department in 2001. He was a member of the Tactical Enforcement Unit and was awarded medals and awards for bravery. He was described as a "beloved member" of the department.

Rittner is the third Milwaukee Police Officer to die in the line of duty in the last eight months. The department had gone 22 years without a line-of-duty death.