Police officer killed marking the citys 3rd officer death in 8 months

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A Milwaukee police officer was shot dead in the line of duty Wednesday morning while executing a search warrant, officials said.

The slain officer is the third Milwaukee police officer to die in the line of duty in the past eight months, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said at a news conference.

The officer, who was identified Wednesday night as 35-year-old Matthew Rittner, was a 17-year veteran of the department, said Milwaukee Assistant Police Chief Michael Brunson.

Rittner, who won the Medal of Valor in 2016, is survived by his wife and young son, police said

PHOTO: Milwaukee Police inspectors gather in front of a home near 12th and Dakota that was taped off as a crime scene, Feb. 6, 2019, after a Milwaukee Police officer was shot Wednesday morning on the citys south side.Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA Today Network
Milwaukee Police inspectors gather in front of a home near 12th and Dakota that was taped off as a crime scene, Feb. 6, 2019, after a Milwaukee Police officer was shot Wednesday morning on the city’s south side.
PHOTO: A Milwaukee officer was shot while executing a search warrant on the citys south side and died Wednesday morning, Feb. 6, 2019, at Froedtert Hospital.WISN
A Milwaukee officer was shot while executing a search warrant on the city’s south side and died Wednesday morning, Feb. 6, 2019, at Froedtert Hospital.

“I am filled with sorrow over this needless loss,” Barrett said, as well as “anger for the individual who took the life of this brave officer.”

Police were executing a search warrant at 9:17 a.m. Wednesday for illegal sales of firearms and drugs, officials said.

While carrying out the warrant, officers announced themselves numerous times. As they attempted to open the door, shots were fired, police said.

Barrett reminded residents to be thankful and appreciative for all law enforcement officers in the state who “put their lives on the line every single day for us.”

PHOTO: A Milwaukee officer was shot while executing a search warrant on the citys south side and died Wednesday morning, Feb. 6, 2019, at Froedtert Hospital.WISN
A Milwaukee officer was shot while executing a search warrant on the city’s south side and died Wednesday morning, Feb. 6, 2019, at Froedtert Hospital.

Brunson called this an “extremely difficult time” and said the department is asking for prayers.

The suspect was identified Wednesday night as 26-year-old Jordan Fricke from Milwaukee, Brunson said, adding that Fricke was the subject of the search warrant.

Among those offering condolences were fellow Milwaukee first responders at the FBI’s Milwaukee field office and the city’s fire department.