We now know the name of the Milwaukee Wisconsin police officer who was shot and killed while serving a search warrant on Wednesday morning. And it’s a terrible loss.
“Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner, 35, was shot while on the city’s south side around 9:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales told reporters at a news conference. The officer was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.”
Condolences from as far away as New York City have flooded into the Milwaukee Police Department at the news of Officer Rittner's passing.
“Our deepest condolence goes out to the @MilwaukeePolice department & the family of Police Officer Matthew Ritter, who was killed in the line of duty while, conducting a search warrant.”
A suspect in Officer Rittner's killing has been arrested and identified.
“JUST IN: This is the mugshot for Jordan P. Fricke, the man accused of shooting and killing MPD Officer Matthew Rittner.”
“The suspected shooter, identified as a 26-year-old Milwaukee man named Jordan P. Fricke, was taken into custody without incident, the department said in a statement.”
According to Assistant Police Chief Michael Brunson, Officer Rittner was a “well-loved” member of the department and had served for 17 years. He is also a Marine veteran, having served two tours of duty in Iraq.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Rittner “survived being hit by roadside bombs three times and was reportedly involved in an hours-long firefight that left one Marine dead.”
Rittner, who joined the police force at a very young age, has been at the recipient of several medals and awards. He leaves behind a wife and one young child.
“Update: The Milwaukee Police Officer that was Shot & Killed On Duty Yesterday has been Identified by the MPD He is Matthew Ritter 35 y/o a 17+Year member of the Force. He was also a USMC Veteran. He leaves behind a Wife & Young Son. A 26 y/o M Suspect being Interrogated by MPD”
“The scene where Milwaukee police officer Matthew Ritter was shot and killed is still active more than 20 hours later. As investigators do their work, we’re learning more about the officer and the moments leading up to his death.”
Wednesday's incident marks the third Milwaukee police officer to die in the line of duty in the past nine months, after 12 years of no fatalities.
Fox News reports, “The shooting comes six months after Officer Michael Michalski, also of the Milwaukee Police Department, was shot and killed while chasing a suspect who fired his gun and struck the officer in the head.
“Milwaukee Officer Charles Irvine Jr., 23, was also killed last June in a car crash. The accident occurred while Irvine Jr. was chasing after a reckless driver. He became the first Milwaukee officer killed in the line of duty since 1996.”
Please pray for Officer Rittner’s family and all those who put on a police uniform each day. It’s not a safe time out there for men-in-blue and we are grateful for the lengths they go to to keep us safer.