Sus­pect charged in cop killing

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - NATION & WORLD -

A man who was charged Sun­day with killing a Mil­wau­kee of­fi­cer dur­ing a drug raid on his home told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he didn’t re­al­ize it was po­lice try­ing to break down his door, au­thor­i­ties said.

Jor­dan P. Fricke, 26, is charged with first-de­gree in­ten­tional homi­cide and other crimes in the fa­tal shoot­ing of 35-year-old Of­fi­cer Matthew Rit­tner, who was part of a tac­ti­cal unit try­ing to serve a war­rant to search the home for il­le­gal drugs and weapons Wed­nes­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint, po­lice an­nounced their pres­ence sev­eral times and said they had a search war­rant, 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.

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