On Wednesday, a shooter killed a Wisconsin police officer while he was serving a warrant, the police officers said.
Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales interacted with the news channels and informed that Police Officer Matthew Rittner, 35, was shot at around 9:20 a.m early Wednesday morning on the city’s south side. Following the shooting, Rittner was rushed to the nearby hospital where he later died, the police chief briefed.
Officials have identified the suspected shooter as 26-year-old Milwaukee man named Jordan P. Fricke. Police Chief Morales also briefed that an investigation into the shooting had resulted in two arrests.
Residents and the first responders of the scene told the reporters that they heard several gunshots following which they rushed towards the crime scene. Bob Donovan, an alderman in the Milwaukee community, informed the officials after hearing the gunshots.
“This has 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,” 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.”
Michael Brunson, Assistant Police Chief in one of the statements said that Rittner was a veteran who was serving the department for 17 years and began his law enforcement career at a “young age.”
“This officer was well-loved by everyone on the department,” he said. Brunson called the loss “tragic and impactful” for the Milwaukee Police Department.
Rittner during his career in law enforcement was deployed two times to Iraq. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who earlier survived even after being hit by roadside bombs three times. He was also said to be a part of a long duration firefight which took the life of a Marine.